The Goa Congress, which is the opposition in the state has challenged the state government’s proposal to relocate the offshore casinos parked off the shores of the Mandovi river.
“We strongly condemn the state government’s proposal to relocate the offshore casinos in the Mandovi river to the Aguada bay. The area is home to the dolphin species, which will be put at risk if the casinos are shifted there,” state Congress spokesperson Agnelo Fernandes said.
The state government has been under a lot of flak for not delivering on its pre-poll promise to shut all offshore casinos in the state.
Earlier this week, the Goa government also granted a six-month extension to casinos for relocations.
“The Council of Ministers resolved to grant an extension of time limit to the offshore casino-licensees for relocating casinos from the Mandovi river for six months from October 1 to March 31 or till an alternate feasible site is finalized, whichever is earlier,” a government spokesperson said.
At present, there are five offshore casinos in Goa floating off the shores of the Mandovi river.
While the opposition and social groups in the state have all guns blazing against the government, demanding shut down of offshore casinos in the state, in his recent statement, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said that he believes that tourism is the backbone of Goa’s economy and casinos attract tourists.