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What will be the fate of the casinos & the past decisions taken about them

18 Mar 2017 09:38pm IST

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VIBHA VERMA

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18 Mar 2017 09:38pm IST

Report by
VIBHA VERMA

The decision of shifting the casinos from Mandovi has been postponed number of times in the recent past. VIBHA VERMA attempts to find out if the Parrikar-led new alliance govt will make the move before the March 31 deadline

After repeated postponements, will there be yet another postponement on the relocation of off-shore casinos out of the congested River Mandovi? The question is pertinent particularly because the current BJP-coalition is close to the deadline of moving the gigantic vessels to an alternate site post-March 31, 2017. 

The then BJP-led government’s five-year term of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and his successor Laxmikant Parsekar failed to execute its commitment of shifting the vessels out of the city. The entire term saw only ‘tarik pe tarik’ much to the chagrin of anti-casino lobby that has been consistently demanding liberating the State of casino industry.

While the present coalition -- once again led by CM Parrikar -- has this major task to decide the fate of the casinos anchored in the waters overlooking the capital city.  The State government renewed the licence to Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited, on March 11 few days before the deadline. Renewal of the licence, owned by the controversial former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda allows a sixth casino in River Mandovi.

The casino operators have stated that it has no objection to shifting their vessels provided government ensures full infrastructure and other required facilities.
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