The Goa offshore casinos parked in the Mandovi river have received another 6-month extension to relocate.
India.- Offshore casinos in Goa have been ordered multiple times to relocate and leave the Mandovi river. As the Goa government still hasn’t found an eligible site for the offshore casinos, the state cabinet granted them yet another six-month extension.
There are currently five offshore casinos anchored in the Mandovi river and nine others at five-star hotels in Goa. A government spokesperson said that the Council of Ministers has decided to grant an extension of time limit to the offshore licensees in Goa for relocating casinos from the Mandovi river for six months.
The new extension starts on October 1 and ends on March 31 or until an alternate feasible site is finalised. However, if the state manages to find a site before March 31, they could relocate before that date, IANS reported.
Ports Minister says an operator is willing to relocate inland
Ports Minister Michael Lobo says one company may be willing to leave its vessel for a land-based venue. “One of the operators has shown willingness to move his casino. Now, we have to check its feasibility before taking a decision,” Lobo said.