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India – Stay of execution granted to Goa’s offshore casinos

By - 9 April 2016

Goa’s offshore casinos will be able to operate from their current location on the Mandovi river near Panaji for another year with the blessing of Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar.

The licences for the offshore casinos had been due to run out on March 31 but an extension has been granted following a petition presented to the government from the current casino workers.

Mr. Parsekar said: “The casinos have been given one year extension to remain in the Mandovi till March 31 next year or until a feasible alternate site is found, whichever is earlier. We had identified four locations which were Zuari river, Mandovi river mouth, Aguada Bay and Chapora river. But these locations were either not feasible for the casino operators or there was opposition from the locals. The employees petitioned the government to not shift the casinos as they might lose their jobs or travel long distances to the workplace.”

Goa government has also extended the offshore casino licenses of Delta Corp, allowing it to operate casinos on the Mandovi River until March 31, 2017.

Delta Corp stated: “The government has granted further extension to the offshore casino licenses to relocate their offshore casinos from Mandovi River for a further period till an alternate feasible site is finalised by the government or till March 31, 2017 whichever is earlier. Delta will strengthen its presence thereby reinforcing its leadership position in the Indian gaming and entertainment space.”

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