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Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority Denies CRZ Clearance to Five Offshore Casinos Operating on River Mandovi

Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority
  • Naman Sharma October 10, 2022
  • 4 Minutes Read

The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has denied Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to five offshore casinos moored on the River Mandovi. The GCZMA had asked the casinos to provide requisite permission from various departments for conducting operations.

On September 30, the GCZMA notified that these casinos had submitted incomplete applications without official documentation.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), in its order passed on April 26, made CRZ clearance mandatory for all offshore casino vessels operating in River Mandovi within CRZ areas. Following the order, the GCZMA received applications from five offshore casino operators – Golden Peace Infrastructure Pvt Ltd (MV Majestic Pride), World Wide Resorts and Entertainment Pvt Ltd (MV Lucky Seven), High Street Cruises and Entertainment Pvt Ltd (MV Caravela and MV Casino Royale) and Delta Co-Op Ltd (MV Horsehoe Casino), seeking CRZ permission.

“As per the directives of the NGT, the casino operating in the river requires to obtain the NOC from CRZ in the water area up to 12 nautical miles,” the GCZMA authorities said.

“The Authority, after pursuing the applications, decided to ask the applicants to furnish all the details of vessels, including the NOC procured by them from the other departments which are required under the law, so as to take a further decision in the matter,” states the minutes of the meeting.

“There is no ban on casino operations in the State. They can continue to operate as they apply for permission and await CRZ clearance,” a GCZMA official said.

All five casino vessels have shifted to the CRZ- IV zone (within 12 nautical miles of the river), applicant Kashinath Shetye told the NGT. Shetye, an activist, had approached the NGT earlier this year, highlighting the CRZ violations by Deltin Caravela, and even served a contempt notice on GCZMA for allowing other casinos to operate without the requisite CRZ clearance.

The Goa State Pollution Control Board has been asked to assess the damage caused by the offshore casinos working without permission and impose fines on them to compensate for the damages.

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