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The fracas over occupation of a portion of the footpath close to the Captain of Ports (CoP) jetty by Maharaja offshore casino in Panjim, Goa has now reached a crescendo and found its way into the echelons of local governance. The Corporation of City of Panaji (CCP) has sought clarification from the CoP on whether the casino operator Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd. (GGHPL) is operating its ticketing counter and reception area on the footpath with requisite permission from it.
In a recent letter to CoP, CCP Commissioner Ajit Roy said that the issue has been taken up by the Goa Police, and while CCP has confirmed that no permission for the same was given from its end, the CoP now that needs to spell out its official stand on the matter.
“If none of the government departments has issued permission, action will be taken. The encroachment will be removed”, Roy said.
GGHPL operates the recently opened offshore Maharaja Casino in River Mandovi and has taken over the revamped jetty anchored at CoP. A ticketing counter and reception area has been set up by the company on the footpath and the area often becomes quite crowded in the evenings where long queues can be seen, to enter.
Apart from Maharaja there are several cruises lined up on the same jetty and till the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporations (GSIDC) completes the terminal building, all movement into the casino and these cruises will directly affect traffic and pedestrians.
However, not willing to wait, locals have taken offence and charge that due to the casino queues, traffic and pedestrians on the DB road and footpath get badly hampered, creating high chances of accidents. With Mayor Vithal Chopdekar having ordered a site inspection and CCP jumping in the fray, it’s clear that rising local opposition may not fare well for the casino business at the Maharaja.