Minister wants offshore casinos brought to land

Town and Country Planning Minister and Goa Forward Party senior leader Viaji Sardesai is pushing for offshore casinos anchored in River Mandovi to be shifted to land.

“I am actually pushing for moving them on land. For this the Act needs to be amended. The casinos are polluting the river. Instead, we can make the river something like the Hong Kong harbor,” said Viaji, stating that the party’s stand on casinos remain unchanged.

The minister also spoke against Goa’s sixth casino, which was recently allowed passage into the River Mandovi due to the monsoon season.

“I have always been saying that there is a conspiracy to get it (6th casino) back. It is because of me that it has been blocked for so long,” he stated.