Casinos in Goa have been given an extension as their search for a new home goes on. The 5 offshore casinos moored in the River Mandovi will now be given until 30th September to find an alternative location. The State Government admitted that it is yet to find a suitable alternative to the existing one. The previous deadline to do so lapsed on 30th June.

Due to be joined by a sixth, the offshore casinos have been the cause of much unrest in the state of Goa. Anti-casino activists have been demanding that the casinos either be relocated or completely shut down. The Manohar Parrikar led BJP government had promised to relocate the vessels as soon as a suitable location was found, a decision which was backed by the supporting political parties. Opposition parties, however, are accusing the government of falling back on its election promises.

Among the alternate sites proposed are those at Auguada Bay and on the Zuari, Chapora and Sal rivers. However, these sites have been under evaluation for years with resistance from local residents dissuading any final decision.

The existing casino operators are Delta Corp, Goa Coastal Resorts and Recreation, Highstreet Cruises and Entertainment, Golden Peace Infrastructure and Delta Pleasure Cruise Company. The sixth casino due to enter the Mandovi post inspections is the M V Lucky Seven. The Lucky Seven, which is awaiting clearance from the Captain of Ports, is promoted by Golden Globe Hotel Private Limited (GGHPL).

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