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Sunday, 19 November 2017

High Value Art installations in the City - Panaji

High Value Art installations in the Capital City - Panaji

The exhibited 6 art installations costing Rs 1.34 crore ?
Add installation cost by GSIDC, maintenance cost etc

I wonder what would be its value in the international market?

Woman flowing hair
Art Installation Opp café Bhonsle, Panaji
Art by  Carl Antoa or Antao ?
1,434 kg Buffalo, Indian bison
Artist Viraj Naik
M G Road
4 Wonder heads ? Miramar pavements near Bandodkar Samadhi Memorial.
4 human heads looking in 4 different directions
Dr. Jack de Sequeira Road
Art by Pankaj Panwar

This was at CCP Market entrance. Now removed and shifted to Opp Old GMC
A cock in the bag
Art by Pradip Naik
now Shifted to opp Old GMC, footpath

Now Newopd GMC site
a male protagonist cavorting about a traditional door house.
It is prepared by G Radhakrishnan. Weighing at 5,500 kg, it costs Rs 55 lakh
Panaji Market Bus stop area, Promenade (not yet fixed/installed as of 18.11.17)
City Art Installations
Arabic Horse ?
At jogger's Park Circle, AIR / Doordarshan Road, Altinho Panaji Goa.
The 571 kg art installation of Arabic horse placed at Altinho ?  made by Subodh Kerkar ? at a cost of Rs 5,71,000 ?

Also read Navhind Times for costs, artists info etc

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Special Train to Vailankani / Vellankani for 2019 feast.

Video:  Vailankanni Special Train leaving Vasco, Margao
28.08.2019, 11.15hrs

Pics coming here soon

Feast is on 8th Sept
Train No: 07315/07316 leaving Vasco 11.10am on 28Aug, 3Sept and 6Sept (Return from Velankani  29Aug, 4Sept and; 8Sept 8.15pm)
Sleeper ticket Rs.675 and 3AC Rs.1790

Ticket availability as on 20/7/19 AM, 26/7/19
For 28Aug Departure - Sleeper - RAC188/RAC156,  WL109,  3AC WL34/WL30 , WL153 4/8
For 3Sept   Departure - SL Available 511 RAC42,  RAC147 as on 4/8
For 6Sept  Departure  - SL Available 884, 814,  703 4/8

Note: Booking for Return or coming back tickets from Vailankanni not yet started. 
Last year,  return booking started 2nd August  8am
Return sector booking started  26th July 8am , by noon all tickets for 8Sept full WL110, full
but for  4Sept 350, avl 29 4/8

People from Bardez etc can also avail of the special train, stopping at Tivim, 11.06am and Karmali station 11.28am. 3 coach train from Sawantwadi Road will be attached to Vasco-Vellankani train at Margao , booking not yet started as on 9am 28.7.19 and may start soon or tomorrow all full
For Regular train that departs on Mondays (Status as of 20/7/19)
For 26Aug - SL  WL386/WL266,  2AC - WL30/WL18, 3AC  WL67/WL57
For 2Sept  - SL  WL204/WL123,  2AC WL20/WL13,  3AC WL50/WL38

There are also some  luxury buses leaving on 27th , 28th Aug, 4, 5th Sept etc
Contact - adverts appeared in Local newspaper Herald

Regular daily Buses Goa to Bangalore and from Bangalore to Velankani both leaving in the evening giving one whole day free time at Bangalore sight seeing etc
Fare around Rs.800-1000 per trip/bus i.e. around 3200-4000 per person return

Other alternate / indirect trains to reach Vailankanni
Other ways of travelling to Vailankanni by train..
Route 1
Vasco/Margao to Bangalore
Leaving 15.10 daily and arriving Bangalore next day 06.45, fare 390 sleeper,  15hrs, 645kms
About 12 hrs free time until your next train
From Bangalore to Thanjavur TJ (Train No: 16232)
19:00 daily arrive TJ  next day 04.50  (or get down MV from  where velankani is 67Kms)
From Thajavur to Nagapatinam NGT
06:00 daily, 07:55 daily, 08:50 daily, 11:25 daily, 18:00 daily – 2 hours journey
From NGT to velankani is about 13 Kms
04:55 daily, 10:10 daily, 11:40 daily plus  other weekly / special trains e.g. Sunday 01:15, 6:30, Th 02:10, FRI 08:05, Tue, 11:40, 17:40, wed, Sat   11:40
One can even go by rickshaw or bus
Returning back to Goa showing no favorable trains on this  Bangalore route i.e. it may be good for one way journey only to Vailankanni

 Route 2
Tickets were available as of 4/8/19 on this  Ernakulam route,  both ways
From Margao to Ernakulam Jn ERS
20:15 daily arrive ERS next day 12:15, fare 415 sleeper, 15hrs, 729kms
23:55 daily arrive ERS 14:35
About 7 hours free time until your next / connecting train
From Ernakulam to Nagapatinam NGT

21:45 daily arrive NGT 10:15  12hrs, fare 285 Sleeper, 574 kms
From NGT to velankani is about 13 Kms
04:55 daily, 10:10 daily, 11:40 daily plus  other weekly / special trains e.g. Sunday 01:15, 6:30, Th 02:10, FRI 08:05, Tue, 11:40, 17:40, wed, Sat   11:40
One can even go by rickshaw or bus

Route 3
Margao to Trichur TCR  travel time 13:25hrs Rs.395 Netravati daily
23:25         12:48
TCR - NGT (Ernakulam -KaraikKal express daily)
00.05 - 10:15 travel time 10:10 hrs Rs.300
16:48 - 04:32  11hrs
15:30 - 05:30 Note: The above info gathered by me on the net, I have not travel yet on these indirect routes.
However, many years ago, I did travel Goa-Bangalore-Nagpatinam- sector, same train Thanjavur, same timing
Special Train to Vailankani / Vellankani for 2018 feast
Feast is on 8th Sept

Two Three special trains showing up  so far
27th August Monday and 2nd Sept Sunday & 6th Sept Thurs
Train Leaving Vasco  11:20  and arrives Vailankani 13:30 next day
Ticket fare:  Rs.675 Sleeper and 1750 3AC
Availability as of 28/7/18 11am 29/7/18 5.15pm
235 SL RAC91 and RAC9 WL6 in 3AC for 27th Aug
920 805 546SL and 87 51 27 in 3AC for 2nd Sept as on 2/8/18
955 SL 871 and 73 48 in 3AC for 6th Sept as on 2/8/18
Sleeper availability as of 6.8.18 am
for 27th Aug WL111 /54 - Houseful
for 2nd Sept 443 available Houseful
for 6th Sept 802 available 600 available as on 2.9.18
Returning sector.. Velankani to Vasco
for 29th Aug  803 available,
for 3rd Sept 224 available,
for 8th Sept RAC156/143 sure confirmed seat availability
Update 2.9.18
1st and 2nd special trains left full house.
Tickets of 3rd train for 6/9/18 plenty available (not likely to go houseful)
Video: Train leaving 2.9.18

Returning trains from Velankanni likely on 29Aug 11.30pm, 3Sept 8.15pm and 8Sept 10.15pm
 Return booking  started from 8 am today 2/8/18
Returning on 8th Sept tickets almost full  in less than 12 hours on 1st day of booking RAC16 as of 22:00 2/8. RAC117 as on 4/8/18  Returning on 29th Aug, 3rd Sept plenty tickets available

Other weekly train Mondays  leaving  Vasco 9am
Wait List on 27th Aug WL428  and 3 Sept WL115

Trip to Vailankani by Bus/ A/c Coach, push back seats etc
Rs.4000 per head or Rs.5000 per head by Inova (7 Pax)
Leaving on 27th Aug and Returning 1st Sept
Leaving on 4th Sept, 5th Sept
As seen on local  newspapers and roadside banners

Last year 2017
Our Visit to Vailankani by Special train from Vasco da Gama on 6th Sept 2017
Village: Velankanni, District:  Nagapattinam, State: Tamil Nadu, India

We left on 6th Sept 2017 at 11.20am train from Vasco da Gama and arrived Vailankanni next day at 2pm.
Our hotel check-in timing was 7.30pm so we kept our bags at the reception counter  and set out for sightseeing etc.  Starting with the beach, restaurant/lunch fish curry thali followed by the Church / Shrine tour.

The  entire Vailankani tour was meant for 1.5 days but  for me it was like half day only as I was down with high fever the whole night and the next full day.  We left the hotel at 7.30pm to take return train  to Vasco  at 11.45pm from Vailankani station. Back at Vasco 2am (as against 11.45pm)

To find hotel or accommodation  there was very tough, somehow  we managed to book one triple room online  with two extra mattresses for Rs.3,600 (A/c).  There was one hotel  that was showing Rs.5000 per non- A/c room and the final figure for two rooms with taxes was showing up around Rs.13,000.  We were 6.

It was crowded there and people / pilgrims seen squatting  all over. It was like Old Goa Novena / Feast  scene where we see pilgrim sleeping in the convents and Churches etc but here it was out in the open be it in the  roads, garden or passages or corridors.

Everything there was expensive or sold at premium rates. Even Vasaichim like bananas were sold for Rs.130 per kg or Rs.60 half kg (6pcs), we saw lot of banana plantations from our train though!
Fish curry rice thali Rs.150 (pic)  but it did not come with fried fish, had to pay extra for fish.

At Church Canteen, the thali was cheaper i.e. Rs.70 + GST and that did not come with fried fish too. We paid Rs.40 a piece + GST (See menu pic)

Many devotees were offering tray full of puja items including coconuts and flowers. Yet some were offering coconut sapling inside the main Church.  Sadly, photography/videography is prohibited inside the main shrine.

Masses in all languages including Konkani mass, I missed 10’clock mass in the lower cathedral as I was sick.

Another thing we noted, despite the place being touristic (Church and beaches) the vendors/hawkers speak no  other language than Tamil. 

 During the Car Procession at night, one has be very cautious or best to avoid with kids and elderly.  A simple false alarm could trigger a catastrophic stampede like situation. There is simplly a mad rush and half of the crowd are those who already witnessed the Car procession on previous days.

On our way back, our train had no water in most of the washrooms, saw some using mineral water . Water tanks were only filled up once the train reached Mangalore junction around 5.30pm that’s after 18 hours from Velankani station departure.
Our special train, apart from special fare, there were no security personnel nor we saw TC on both sectors.  Train to Vailankani  was about 70% empty but train back to Vasco was full to the capacity.

Video: 1

Video: 2 (Night Scene, illumination)

Video 3: Car Procession

Video 4

Video 5 Walking on knees, Way of the cross etc

More pics and videos ..

Car Procession
Priests residence

Crowd / devotees / Mass

Walking on their knees,
Way of the cross, viasagr

The beach

Food, Fish curry Rice thali

Velankanni Railway Station

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Grounded MV LUCKY SEVEN at Miramar beach, Goa

The ship MV Lucky Seven grounded at Miramar beach early morning of 16th July 2017.
Earlier, for 3 days it was struggling far off the shore attempting to come into Mandovi River to be used or parked or anchored as Casino boat amongst the other 6 casino boats there in Panaji.

Due to strong winds or bad monsoon weather etc the ship finally got  drifted to Miramar beach shore.
Owners: Gopal Kanda promoted Golden Globe Hotels Pvt. Ltd.
Ship was purchased for Rs.12 cores

Name: Lucky Seven *
Flag: Panama *
IMO: 8943703 *
Gross Tonnage: 5570
Length Overall x Breadth Extreme: 66.11m x 23.8m
Year built: 1996
 * info visible on the ship

Looks like it's inside is all casino setup  as the same was a Casino ship before (2004, 2011) known as
'Casino Cancun' of Casino Austria International?

The ship on 13,14, 15 July (before it got grounded)

Video 2: Grounded on 16.7.17

Video 3, 4, .. see below

Salvage work
Arihant ship breaker of Mumbai will attempt to refloat the ship
Salvage work likely to start on Tuesday 25.7.17 and if all go well, the ship will be out of Miramar by 1st August 2017.
Salvage work now likely to start from 28th July which means the ship might go by 5th August.
Salvage work or attempt to refloat the ship further delayed, it may now start on 7th or 8th August
As of now 1.8.17, only some dredging or sand excavation work done during low tide.
Some reports including CoP  saying salvage or re-floating attempt  will now be made on 11th August
Chief Minister Parrikar on 12.8.17 said the ship has a gushing hole in its bottom and it needs to be fixed before trying to salvage it..
13.8.17 The ship also shows signs of leaning / Tilting on its back side (Port quarter)
Water started entering through its doors too.
Some reports says there is a 12 mtr long crack in the ship hull (bottom)
Looks like the contract with Ship breaking / salvaging company Arihant is terminated their JCB excavators etc on the shore are not seen now.
Reports also say the owners ask a fresh quote from Goa based Madganvkar salvaging company.
Now some reports says services of  Dubai based salvaging company have been hired
29.8.17 we saw generator and new water pumps on the shore, water pumping out of the ship started 30.8.17.
Now, some reports (TOI 3/9/17) say that the salvaging work entrusted to  M/s AMS Marine LLC, Egypt.
Looks like the ship salvaging work to be completed by end of September (if all goes well)
Lucky Seven permitted to anchor in the Mandovi River as per Court/CoP order, once re-floated..
Attempt 1:
10.9.17 The ship turned front side back (180 deg), re-floating, moving was attempted today - watch video
Attempt 2:
11.9.17 Pulling Lucky 7 attempt failed again.. It did move a bit ( see pic)
when second tug? was also trying to pull, looks like its rope got broken.
Some CoP (Captain of Ports)  officers were also present
Attempt 3:
12.9.17  Despite pulling by two tugs, the ship failed to move.  Looks like it stuck into the ground and shows sign of tilting on one side as before.
18.9.17 The ship moved little further away from the shore..
3 pulling tugboats:
MARIA  IMO 9429596  with 60 Ton Bollard Pull Capacity
N P ENAKSHI  IMO 8928272, 20 Ton Bollard Pull
M T PEHLVAN, PNJ 669 of CoP (Captain of Ports, Goa) 12 ton Bollard pull, hiring charges of CoP Pehlvan Rs. 16,940 per hour plus 15% service charge. During weekends, holidays and after office hours the charges are double i.e Rs.34K per hour.
High Court on 27th Sept has given (Extension)  up to Oct 10, 2017 to tow away Lucky Seven from it present position.
Pulling by tugboats may now resume around 4th Oct as that's when higher tides are predicted (2mtr+ high) 4-10 October.
Towing operations did not resume on 4th Oct
 Lucky Seven finally pulled out of Miramar beach on 5.10.17 around 9.30am.
The ship is now seen at Verem in Mandovi River (Can be seen from Panaji etc)
 The ship after repairs likely to go to Ratnagiri dry dock for Major repairs by 10th Oct and come back as Big Daddy by January 2018
As of now (6.10.17), Goa has 7 casino boats in the River Mandovi Panaji out of which only 5 are operating as casino - Check video below
 10.10.17  - The ship seen at its place at Verem when checked today.
It is likely to move out form here within next 7 days to Jaigad for major repairs and may be back ( refurbished) by 11th Dec. 2017
16.10.17 The two tugboats Maria and Enakshi were seen anchored nearby  but Maria missing from today (or 15th).
17.10.17. Lucky Seven still seen around Panaji River Mandovi
19.10.17 Lucky Seven likely to leave Goa for Dubai for repairs (instead of Jaigad) within a week's time.
1.11.17. Now, it may go to Cochin (not Dubai or Jaigad as mentioned earlier)
3.11.17 The ship still seen around
7.11.17 Lucky Seven still at Verem - see pics below
8.11.17 Lucky seven gone. when check at 4pm it was not to be seen anywhere in the river or around Miramar bay. Must have gone either at night  around 1am or at noon today as high tide level was 2.27 and 1.92 mtrs respectively.
Fully refurbished Lucky Seven (as Big Daddy)  may now come back to celebrate new year in the Capital city, Panaji amongst the other 6 casino boats
13, 14, 15 July 2017

Grounded 16.7.17
Day 1

Day 2

Day 3 night

Day 4 19.7.17

Day 5 20.7.17

Day 6
Video 3: Day 6 (21.7.17)
Day 7 22.7.17

Day 8  23.7.17

Video: 4
Day 8 (23.7.17) with crowd

Day 9  24.7.17

Day 10
Video: Digging started
Day 11 25.7.17
Crane excavator that work both land and water

Day 12  26.7.17

Night  27.7.17 low tide 9.30

Day 13 (Day/night)  28.7.17

Video - day night 27/28th July

Day 14 29.7.17

Day 15  30.7.17

Video - Day 15

Day 16  31.7.17

Day 17  1.8.17

Day 18 2.8.17

Day 19  3.8.17

Day 20 4.8.17

Day 21 (night) 5.8.17

Day 22
Video: 6.8.17

Day 23  7.8.17

Video: day 23

Day 24  (Evening 7.15pm)  8.8.17

Day 25 (watch video) 9.8.17

Day 26 (watch video) 10.8.17

Video: Day 25 & 26
9th & 10th Aug. 2017

Day 27  11.8.17
The ship still there when spotted at 2pm
night time, 11pm . lights off, engines switched off

Day 28  12.8.17

Day 29 13.8.17
Ship position changed by 45 degree angle
It was in the previous position since the day 9
The ship also shows signs of leaning on its back side (Port quarter)
(the vessel tilted about 15 to 20 degrees at Port quarter side)
Night 7.30pm

Day 30  14.8.17

Video - day 30

Day 31 15.8.17
Video: Day 31 - 15.8.17

Day 32 (16.8.17)
Water entering the ship through it doors during high tide


Day 33 17.8.17

Day 34   18.8.17
A view from Dona Paula

Day 35  19.8.17
Video: with Bio-fuel bus

Day 36 20.8.17
Tilting and sinking?

Day 37   21.8.17

Day 38

Day 39  23.8.17
Door almost under water


Day 40  24.8.17

Day 41

Day 42  26.8.17

Day 43

Day 44  28.8.17

Day 45

Video  29.8.17

Day 46  30.8.17

Day 47  31.8.17
Black sand

Day 48   1.9.17
Tilted further ?

Day 49

Day 50

Video: Day 49 and 50

Day 51

Day 52
Formation of sand wall

Video: Day 51 and 52

Day 53 6.9.17

Day 54 -56 n/a (out of station)

Day 57 10.9.17

Sand wall formation

Video 10.9.17

Day 58  11.9.17

Day 60

Day 61 14.9.17

Day 62  15.9.17

Day 63

Day 64  17.9.2017

Video: Day 60, 61, 62, 64

Day 65

Day 66  19.9.17

Video: Day 65, 66

Day 67 20.9.17
A view from Goa Marriott


Day 68   21.9.17
A view from Goa Marriott Hotel  12 noon

4 pm Miramar beach


Day 69  22.9.17

Day 70  23.9.17

Day 71  24.9.17

Day 72  25.9.17

Day 73

Day 75  28.9.17

Day 76  29.9.17

Day 77


Day 78  1.10.17 ... 6.15pm

Day 79

Day 80  3.10.17

Day 81

Day 82  5.10.17
Moved out of Miramar beach  around 9.30 am
We missed the pulling act by about 30 minutes. These pics were taken 10.20 am
as seen from Panaji riverfront

7 Casino boats as of now
Deltin Jaqk, Deltin Royale, Deltin Caravela,  Casino Pride 1, Casino Pride 2,
Maharajah Casino (Defunct) and Lucky Seven (soon to be Big Daddy).
Latest video showing all 7




Lucky Seven finally gone out of Goa (to jaigad?)
 when check at 4pm it was not to be seen anywhere in the river or around Miramar bay.
Must have gone either at night around 1am or at noon today as high tide level was 2.27 and 1.92 mtrs respectively.
Believe me, every time there was a high tide of level 2 mts and above I did try my luck to see it going. Even today I was at Panaji since 10am but skipped as tide level was less than 2mts

After about 2.5 months..
Lucky Seven spotted at MPT berth No. 9
MV Lucky 7 docked here at  MPT Berth No. 9 around 20.1.2018 and was expected
to stay here for a month or so for repairs

Pics April 2 and 22,  2018

The ship Lucky Seven finally come back as Big Daddy at Panaji Mandovi River on 13th March 2019
Took position of Maharajah Casino

  The 7 Casino boats of Goa
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