The government of the Indian state of Goa has extended the time given for dislocating five offshore casinos from the Mandovi River to other waters from April 1 to September 30.
The main reason why state authorities insist on the casino ships leaving the Mandovi River is the inability to control visitors sailing to gambling establishments.
Placing floating casinos in the bay or the river mouth will allow the state administration to take control of the process of delivering customers to the casino on board.
“Last year we allocated four zones for the casino: the Zuari river, Mandovi river mouth, Aguada Bay and Chapora river. However, these places were either inaccessible to casino ships or locals were against the placement of gambling establishments here,” said Laxmikant Parsekar , Goa Chief Minister.
As a reminder, last December, Goa Home Department started drafting of a new casino bill which will allows to establish a framework for sustainable development of gambling in Goa. According to local media, the new casino bill will be a copy of Macau’s gambling legislation.
Goa is one of the few states of India where gambling is legal. However, the activity of the local casino is limited to offshore places, so casinos are located only on the water.