Furtado hits out at Parrikar on Casinos

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 28 May 2013 16:08 IST

Panaji Mayor Surendra Furtado has hit out at chief minister Manohar Parrikar – also the Panaji MLA – while demanding to shut down all casinos within four months.

Referring to Parrikar’s statement yesterday that he would shut down all the casinos in four years, Furtado asked why he cannot do it in four months instead of converting Goa into Macau.

Besides luring Goan youth for gambling, the Panaji Mayor alleges that the casino owners are manipulating their gaming machines to extort money in disguise from the gamblers.

“Goa can develop without the existence of casinos by providing jobs in alternate manners”, feels Furtado.

While terming off shore casinos as marine suffocation that is blocking free passage in river Mandovi, Furtado said it has also become a traffic hazard on the D B Bandodkar Marg resulting into increased number of accidents.

He has also alleged that the casino operators have been throwing garbage in river Mandovi while the gamblers have been urinating in the river, creating health and hygiene problem.


“The earlier the casinos are stopped from operation, the better for the sake of the preservation of the capital city from the bad consequences due to their unhindered proliferation,” Furtado stated in a press note.

 He observed that the offshoots of gambling are easy money, lethargic culture and related criminal activity which will corrupt the youth and lead them astray.

To prove his point, he cited an example of arrest of six bookies living in Goa for the last 45 days taking bets for the IPL cricket matches.

“As a Mayor of Panaji, it is my duty to bring these evils to notice of the authorities concerned and to take prompt, effective and pro-active measures to save our state capital”, stated Furtado. 

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I appreciate the Mayor of Panaji, Surendra Furtado, for his idea of closing the casinos within 4 months.

These casinos are polluting River Mandovi, encourage gambling, are a nuisance to the smooth flow of traffic in the river and Goa can do without them.

Moreover, although they are termed as OFF-SHORE, they are operating IN THE RIVER i.e. IN-SHORE all these years.

How this goes on all this time, I do not know understand but one thing is clear. Unless authorities in power collude with the operators of these casinos, it is not possible.

If they are off-shore, send them out in the sea beyond Aguada bay.

I do not understand why our Hon. CM needs time till his term comes to end to clear all the casinos.

Close them now - earlier, the better.

- Francisco, Goa | 28 th May 2013 16:49


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