Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has pledged his government will not give permission to any more offshore casinos.
The Indian state currently has six casinos operating from vessels on the Mandovi River, according to India Today.
Sawant’s comments came after claims by opposition leader, Yuri Alemao, that a vessel was coming up along the Chapora River to facilitate the operation of a casino. The Goa Chief Minister assured the ship’s sole purpose was to ferry passengers and requested the opposition not to create panic among people.
Sawant recently revealed that the state had generated Rs936.64 crore ($114.2 million) in revenue between April 1st, 2019, and July 15, 2023, from casinos.
The casinos serve as an important source of revenue for the state. There are currently 17 casinos in the state, six out of them are offshore ones, including one operated by Delta Corp.