Offshore casinos shift to land in three years

A new policy will soon see local Goans barred from visiting casinos, and a cap placed on the number of casinos in a particular area, said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday.

According to a report from Hindustan Times, Parrikar said all five offshore casinos currently in Mandovi river will be forced to relocate on land over the next three years. The cap is understood to single out the currently marooned MV Lucky 7.

“The act will have a power to ensure that no Goan visits casinos. The government will have powers to cap casinos in a particular area. I can assure to cap casinos in this state. The sixth casino will never enter Mandovi. We are capping it, under this act, at five,” Parrikar said, during his address to the state assembly.

Parrikar said the new policy will also see the casinos relocated from the river to onshore.

“We are also ensuring that in three years’ time, the casinos in the river, on a vessel, will cease to exist. There will be amendment to the act in the next assembly session, where the vessel portion will be removed at a particular point,” Parrikar told the Goa Legislative Assembly.