Michael Lobo: One offshore casino to be shifted towards Verem | Goa News - Times of India

Friday 29th November 2019

PANAJI: The state government has passed an order to move one offshore casino vessel from the Panaji side to the Verem side, ports minister Michael Lobo said on Thursday.

Lobo told TOI that the Deltin Group has approached the government to move one of three vessels operating in the state. "Based on the application, we have passed an order to shift Deltin Caravela towards Verem," he said, adding that the Caravela will be anchored behind Deltin Royale.

The ports minister said that the state government has decided to balance the number of offshore casinos in the Mandovi. "Of six offshore casinos operating in the Mandovi, three will be placed along the Panaji side and three on the Verem side," he said.

He added that the decision is been taken keeping in mind the demand of Panaji MLA Atanasio Monserrate that offshore casinos be moved out of the Mandovi.

Chief minister Pramod Sawant held a meeting with Monserrate and Lobo over the shifting of offshore casinos and assured them of identifying a new site.

During the recently-concluded assembly session, Lobo had agreed with Monserrate's suggestion to shift casino vessels from the Mandovi to the Aguada bay.

Monserrate told TOI that he is committed to the people of Panaji to remove the casinos from the Mandovi which was one of his promises during the bypoll. "I welcome the decision of the state government and it looks like a start. Soon the rest of the offshore casinos will be also shifted," he said.

The Corporation of the City of Panaji has decided not to renew the casinos' trade licences once they expire.

There are six offshore casinos operating in the Mandovi. The state government has decided not to give any more permission to offshore casinos.

The government has also decided to relocate offshore casinos to land and for that the government is coming out with a casino policy. Then chief minister Manohar Parrikar had read out the outline of the casino policy in the assembly.

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