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Following the 6-month extension granted by the Goa government to off-shore casinos for operating on the Mandovi River, the five casinos were required to submit an unconditional undertaking. The state cabinet granted extension to the offshore casinos on September 26 and the government is expected to finalize its main policy on relocation by December this year.
Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meet, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said, “By December, we will come up with the main policy on relocation of casinos.” While a final call will be taken in December, Parrikar said discussion will begin in mid-October. The extension came into effect from October 1 and will end on March 31, 2019.
According to a cabinet note released recently, all casino licence holders will be required to submit an unconditional undertaking, that they will shift the casinos out of River Mandovi whenever an alternative feasible site is finalized by the state government on or before March 31, 2019.
However, the licences of M V Horseshoe casino, owned by Delta Corp Ltd, and M V Pride of Goa, owned by Goa Coastal Resorts and Recreations Pvt Ltd, have expired on August 28, 2018 and September 12, 2018, respectively.
Additionally, the licence of M V Casino Royale, owned by Highstreet Cruisers and Entertainment Pvt Ltd, will expire on October 23, 2018 and of M V Boa Sorte, owned by Golden Peace Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, will expire on December 3, 2018. Nevertheless, the government stated that M V Casino Royale has applied for renewal of licence and renewal of M V Boa Sorte’s licence is under process.
Meanwhile, the licences of M V Royale Flotel, owned by Delta Pleasure Cruise Company Ltd, and M V San Domino, owned by Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd, will expire on June 12, 2021 and January 21, 2022, respectively.