An announcement by the Goa government that all the offshore casinos would be shifted on land, was welcomed by Goa casino lovers. The initiative is being taken to clean the Mandovi river under projects Sagar Mala and Bharat Mala. But what came as an unexpected delight was the revelation by Public Works Department minister Sudin Dhavilkar that the casinos would be relocated to the entertainment zone within a few months.

The plan is to settle all the casinos in the upcoming airport project near Mopa. It could turn out to be the perfect location attracting not only the locals but the foreign audience as well.

Minister for Public Works Department (PWD), Sudin Dhavalikar said, “We are coming up with casino policy to shift the offshore casinos from the River. Also, an entertainment zone is proposed in an area near the new airport. We are still in the planning process and no decision is taken on whether to shift the offshore casino vessels there or not.”

If the planning transpires as proposed, it can help the condition of gambling and other casino games improve in India, where it is yet to receive a legal status barring the three states of Goa, Sikkim and, Daman and Diu.

This may not be the intended target of the government but might act as a boon in disguise for the casinos helping them woo more enthusiastic players. It is a four-year plan by the end of which one can hope to see few changes in policies and regulations, instrumental in catapulting the casino industry to a new level.

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