Goa: Offshore casinos to be shifted from Mandovi river, says CM Pramod Sawant
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the state government has decided to shift the off-shore casinos out of the Mandovi river here, but no alternate site has been finalised.
In a written reply submitted in the Assembly over a question tabled by Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat, Pramod Sawant said the government was also considering to formulate a casino policy for the state.
Six off-shore casinos are currently anchored in the Mandovi river in Panaji.
The state government in March this year granted six-month extension to them.
There has been a demand from a section of people to shift the vessels from the river.
“The government has decided to remove casinos out of the Mandovi river, but till today no alternate feasible site had been finalised,” the chief minister said.
Pramod Sawant said the government was also considering to amend rules under the Goa, Daman and Diu Public Gambling Act.
“Once the rules are finalised, the same would be notified,” Pramod Sawant said.