Goa govt proposes site for offshore casinos

The Goa government has revealed that it is studying the possibility of shifting the offshore casinos to Aguada Bay.

India.- The relocation of offshore casinos in Goa has been a subject that has haunted the local government for quite some time now. The authorities have granted multiple extensions in the last few years, in hopes that in the meantime they would find a new site to relocate them. Late on Friday, the government told the state Legislative Assembly that it found a possible site.

Goa’s government said that it will examine the possibility of shifting the offshore casinos from River Mandovi to Aguada Bay. Ports Minister Michael Lobo said the possibility will be studied after conducting a survey of the location, Deccan Herald reported. Aguada Bay is located right where the Mandovi meets the sea outside Panaji.

“The idea of shifting the casino vessel has been mooted by the Panjim MLA. I assure to study the matter and will also take him for a joint survey of the place,” said Lobo.

The location is a response to BJP MLA Atanasio Monseratte’s demand that the casinos be out of the Mandovi. “Today, you say casinos generate income for the state. You can take them to your constituency as it is in the tourism belt,” he said to Lobo.

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