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CM Contradicts: Goa Public Gambling Act will make Casino Anchorage at Mandovi easier

Though, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had categorically stated in the floor of the House that Casinos will be moved out of the Mandovi river gradually, the Goa Public Gambling (Amendment) Bill 2012 presented by the ruling government will soon make it easier for casino vehicles to anchor at Mandovi, since the Amendment says ships can do with a license from the Goa Captain of Ports, earlier vessels mandatorily required a license from the Director General of Shipping (DGS).

The vessel, according to the bill, means any ship, boat registered with captain of ports, Goa under the Inland Vessels Act, 1917 or registered with the DGS.

To a question from Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco as to why registration from DGS is not required for their sea worthiness, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said if the vessel is in the sea, then permission from DGS is required but if the vessel is in the bay of river Mandovi, Indian Vessels Act, 1917 is applicable and as such it requires permission from captain of ports.

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