Offshore casinos get three more months in River Mandovi

Failing to find an alternate site to relocate offshore casinos, the state government is allowing the casino vessels to continue operations from the Mandovi river for another three months.

The Mandovi River is currently host to five offshore casino licensees — Delta Corp Ltd, Goa Coastal Resorts and Recreation Pvt Ltd, Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment, Golden Peace Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and Delta Pleasure Cruise Company. A sixth offshore casino, M V Lucky Seven, belonging to Golden Globe Hotels Private Ltd (GGHPL) will also be settling down after receiving permission by the Goa Bench of Bombay High Court last week.

Goa’s state governments have been attempting to move the casinos out of the Mandovi River for more than three years.

After the BJP government took charge in March, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said the government is committed to moving casinos out of the Mandovi river, but only after an alternate site is identified.