Mandovi deadline looms as politicians wrangle

Goa, Casino Royale
Goa, Casino Royale

The fate of Goa’s floating casinos is still unclear as a deadline for their removal from the Mandovi River looms, with industry experts urging the government to proceed with caution when it comes to moving them to land. Relocating the six casino ships has been on the cards for years and has dominated the debate in the current session of the legislative assembly, which ends on Aug. 9, but no decisions have been made. The casinos were given a further six-month extension in March this year, but after that they will be asked to move from the river. In theory, operators are keen to make the move. A site has been set aside near the new airport in Mopa, with the idea to create a dedicated gaming zone, which analysts have said will be a game changer for the industry in India. It would allow the development of higher quality integrated resorts,...

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