Remove non-operational casinos in River Mandovi, demands Cong

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PANJIM: The Congress Saturday demanded that state government should remove the non-operational casinos anchored in Mandovi River, fearing it would create River Princess-like environmental hazard.

Relying on the information procured under the RTI, Congress spokesperson Sudip Tamhankar told a press for long.

0px; font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; text-align: justify; ">“All permissions to these two casinos have expired but they still remain anchored in the Mandovi River. The situation will be like River Princess…How will the government remove them?” he asked.

After remaining aground off Candolim shore for more than a decade, the River Princess was cut into pieces and removed entirely this June. The vessel with parts of the rusted ship being washed ashore periodically, posed serious danger to swimmers apart from polluting the coastline.

Tamhankar further said that the remaining four floating casinos, which are though operating in Mandovi River, should be taken out into the sea as was Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s demand while he was the Leader of Opposition prior to the March 2012 election.

“Parrikar, as the leader of opposition had spoken a lot about expiry of food and drugs license, lack of sewage disposal system and dumping of untreated sewage which was damaging the marine environment. He should now take an immediate decision for removing them from Mandovi River,” he said.

Parrikar had said this August that off-shore casino boats would be removed from Mandovi River before his term ends as chief minister while also stating that it cannot happen immediately and it needs some time.[H]

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