Goa Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant has said that only airline passengers would be able to wager at the upcoming casino at Mopa international airport. He was responding to questions in the state legislative assembly.
Moreover, in a written response to a question asked by Wilfred D’Sa, a legislator from the ruling BJP, Chief Minister Sawant said that 232 acres of land at the airport had been allocated for commercial development purposes.
He also said that the new airport will have hotels, eco-adventure and wellness resorts, a shopping area apart from casinos. The first phase of the upcoming North Goa casino would be completed by 2020.
Goa government is facing criticism for its failure to deliver on the poll promises. Earlier during the Panjim by-elections in May the BJP had promised closure of all offshore casinos floating on the Mandovi river.
Recently former RSS Goa Chief, Shubhash Velingkar asked the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to come out with a white paper on cost-benefit ratio of casino gambling to the coastal state.
Earlier this week on Monday, Churchill Alemao, an NCP MLA from Benaulim, Goa demanded that 80 percent of the casino jobs be reserved for the Goan youth in the state’s flourishing casino and gambling industry.
He urged that the government should come up with policies which ensure that the local youth qualified and trained in hospitality and management get an opportunity to work in the state’s casino industry.