Narvekar threatens to agitate over casino shifting

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 05 October 2010 20:14 IST

Ruling party MLA Dayanand Narvekar has threatened to agitate over shifting offshore casinos towards Britona and Salvador de Mundo in his Aldona constituency.

Narvekar is the first legislature from the ruling party  to oppose shifting of offshore casinos.

In a letter to chief minister Digambar Kamat, Narvekar has threatened to agitate if casinos are shifted towards the shores of his constituency.

The former finance minister is furious with his own government.

As informed to the high court, the government is planning to shift off shore casinos in the rivers near Britona and Salvador de Mundo villages.

Narvekar feels these casinos can pollute the river and threaten tourism in the area.

There is already stiff resistance from locals of Ribandar and Reis Magos over shifting of the casinos. In addition, Narevkar has now threatened to come on the streets if their demands are not met.

With this challenge, government faces a difficult task ahead. There is stiff opposition from all the quarters over shifting of the casinos.

 


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I have been watching his statements in the Assembly very often. As a representative not only of his own constituency but for all Goa, it is good Mr. Narvekar took time and bravely voicing his concerns, a voice from within the ruling party. My belief is that the casinos should move out to the sea and not inland. They have to be provided with sea-worthiness, seagoing requirements like Master Mariners and crew, self propelled capabilities, as defined in shipping law. The off-shore definition must also be in the Act, whichever Act they are supposed to follow and adhere to.

Secondly, the later Cabinet decision must be with and not contrary to the first, and must not be taken lightly or should it make a volte-face ? This government is taking us through one controvery over another (like Regional plan, land filling, hill-cutting, development on slopes, CRZ's, illegal mining, excise scam etc.) and people are fed up. The government must define the 'aam aadmi' for record just like "off-shore" should be defined.

- ludovico, Old-Goa | 06 th October 2010 12:49

 

Why not shift the off shore casinos to off shores- in the nearby sea ? Gandhiji's soul would definitely bless us for that!

Liquor-gambling -prostitution - drugs - are all those necessary to attract the tourists to Goa? Along with tourists does all this also attract criminals and anti socials to this peace loving place? Does it also provide a good place for the corrupt to spend some of their ill gotten wealth? Have we tried to research as to what would be the effect of all this on the upcoming generation? or are we prepared to accept all this just for our small personal benefits?-- The same attitude which made us slaves of the foreign invaders for centuries!

- vishwas prabhudesai, loliem | 06 th October 2010 10:52

 

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