On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, the state government of the Indian state of Goa decided that floating casinos in the Mandovi River will have more time to find a new destination. The deadline has been postponed by three months to September 30, 2017. Goa is one of the few states in India that allows casinos on the water and on the mainland.
No new destination
Last Tuesday, the state government stated that they are aware that no new destination has yet been found for the operators of the five floating casinos on the Mandovi River. The casinos can therefore be open to visitors for three months longer. The final fate of the casinos after 30 September 2017 is not yet clear.
Leave the river
The entrepreneurs were told earlier that they had to leave the Mandovi River on 31 March 2017. To the great relief of the casinos, this deadline is extended by three months. The new deadline now runs until September 30, 2017.
The state government plans to tackle gambling activities more and more. It is the turn of the casinos on the water. There are three states in India that accept floating casinos namely Goa, Sikkim and Daman. Last week the Court of Bombay approved another sixth floating casino, the MV Lucky Seven.
Resistance of locals
The search for another water destination has been going on for years. Beautiful locations were offered such as the Auguada Bay and also locations on the Zuari, Chapora and Sal rivers. However, there were always various problems that stood in the way of the plans. The locals in particular did not agree with the plans and offered much resistance. Some residents did not agree with the plans due to the potential impact on fishing areas.