Parrikar reassures to move casinos out of Mandovi

PTI, PANAJI | 04 August 2014 19:50 IST

Goa government will not renew licences of the offshore casino vessels that do not move out of Mandovi river in Panaji, once their current permission expires, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.

The Goa Cabinet had last year decided not to allow any more offshore casinos while moving out the existing casinos in the next two years.

"All the vessels will move out in next two years," Parrikar told the state Legislative Assembly.

The owners of the offshore casinos will have to look out where they will anchor the vessels, once they are moved out of Mandovi river, he said.

"If they don't move out, their licence would not be renewed," Parrikar said.

The issue was raised on the floor of the House by Independent legislator Rohan Khaunte, who had questioned the safety of passengers visiting the offshore casino vessels.

Goa's Captain of Ports department minister Laxmikant Parsekar, in a written reply on the floor of the House, said licences were granted to four vessels mounted with casinos.

All the four vessels were issued fitness certificates which expire this year and in 2015, he said.

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What current permissions? They have been given permissions as OFFSHORE casinos but they are inshore.

They should be asked to go OFFSHORE immediately. How do they operate inshore when licences are given to operate as OFFSHORE?

Have they not broken the rules?

- Francisco Lourenco, Goa | 05 th August 2014 13:39

 

Could the Dhavilikar Brothers , Sudin & Dipak ,along with their aunties of Ponda and Shiroda ,explain to us Goans if "Casinos" are part of Indian Culture?

If Bikinis have been corrupting Indian Culture, haven`t Casinos been doing the same.

I think it is time the Dhavilikars provide us with numerical statistics & hard facts about the corruption of Indian Culture by wearing bikinis & Pub Culture.

There are many trends that come *& go. How can the Dhavilikar brothes convince us that the Pub Culture is here to stay.

Goa was well known for Hippies Culture in the 60`s & 70`s. They seemed to have fizzled out.

Currently the trend is EDM`s ( Electronically Dance Music Festivals).

I guess in time this too will be replaced by another Trend.

So what are the 2 Dhavilikar bros. harping about?

Is it a case of Sour Grapes, as they are missing out or have missed out in these short so called cultural trends?

And at the same time could we be informed ,in the Legislature Assembly.how much time, the Dhavilikar Bros. Have been spending on Goan Beaches observing Bikini Clad women to confirm their fears.?

Shouldn`t Sudin be spending more time in the mal-functioning PWD?

- N.Fernandes, London | 05 th August 2014 12:37

 

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