Off shore casino to be probed

The Congress of Goa ordered a probe into how the new off shore casino was allowed to operate in Miramar beach.

India.- Tourism Minister Babu Azgaonkar ordered an investigation to determine how MV Lucky Seven, the sixth offshore casino in Goa, was allowed to drift from the Mormugao Port Trust berth to Miramar Beach.

“I will seek a report as soon as possible, and action will be taken based on the report, because tourists should not be put in difficulty and our name should not be spoilt,” said the official. The opposition from the Indian country accused the BJP government of trying to push for a sixth offshore casino in the saturated Mandovi river. Last year, Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that they inditified four possible locations to relocate the off shore casinos, but they were either not feasible for the operators or it presented opposition from locals. The government received petitions through the course of the last few months from employees who asked to stop the relocation as they would lose their jobs or even be forced to travel multiple hours to cover their shifts.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Elvis Gomes said: After promising to oust casinos, the government has introduced yet another casino in the Mandovi. Nature stopped unholy designs of the Goa government to bring yet another casino into Goa … the BJP played with the life of the crew on board.” The AAP thinks that the government deliberately presented a weak case in court, as The Hindu reported.