Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar has suggested that a further offshore casino could be soon added to the fleet of five operational casinos in the Mandovi River off Panaji.
[dropcap]P[/dropcap]arsekar said that renewing the licence of another non-operational offshore casino, formerly owned by a company operated by former Haryana home minister Gopal Kanda, would earn Goa Rs 50-60 crore (between E6.7 to E8m) in revenue.
“It is an old casino, they had gone to court and the opinion [was] given that if he pays the arrears Rs 50-60 crore… I exactly do not know the details,” Parsekar told reporters.
However the leader of the opposition Pratapsing Rane demanded a cap on the number of casinos claiming that there were already too many casinos in the state.
It is an old casino, they had gone to court and the opinion [was] given that if he pays the arrears Rs 50-60 crore… I exactly do not know the details
Goa has four operational offshore casinos parked in the Mandovi River off Panaji which attract hundreds of thousands of gamblers annually, the majority of these were set up when the Congress governed the state between 2007-2012.
Ahead of the 2012 assembly polls the Bharatiya Janata Party, which led a sustained campaign against the casino industry, promised to rid the river of the casinos if voted in to power.
Earlier this month Parsekar announced that doing away with casinos would send the wrong signal to potential investors in the state.