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Like a silver lining shining across the otherwise dark clouds hovering over the casino industry in Goa, the state government has granted an extension of six months to casinos operating on the Mandovi River.
State Public Works Department Minister Sudin Dhavalikar announced on September 23, “A 6-month extension granted earlier in April this year will expire Sunday and the latest extension allows these off-shore casinos on the river to operate till March 30, 2019. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has signed the cabinet note (in this connection).”
This announcement comes as a brief respite to the six offshore casinos currently operating on the Mandovi River, since the fate of the industry hangs in the balance as the Goan government is in the process of drafting a casino policy that will dictate the future of the industry.
However, despite this brief relief, the casinos were also notified that their establishments would remain closed on October 2 on account of the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
A statement released by Under Secretary (Home) Neetal Amonkar on September 27 announced, “Every year, the Government of Goa observes dry day on October 2 in order to pay homage and respect to the Father of the Nation. In this regard, all the casino licensees shall stop the operations on October 2.”
The casinos and more than 12 gaming dens in different five-star hotels, within the state will have to adhere to the state directive and pay their respects to the national hero by shutting shop for the day.