Gaming in the Indian state of Goa has grown via a series of complicated and arcane regulations, so that its shape today is unlike any gaming industry in the world. But it won’t have a shape for long if the new executive in charge of the state has his way.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said he’s ready to remove the
five boats that currently anchor in the River Mandovi and ferry
customers out to them. Parrikar says he has determined to terminate the licenses of the casinos at some future unspecified date.
“By the time I complete four years, there will be no casino boat in Goa’s waters,” said the chief minister, giving himself a year wiggle room in the event of any legal licensing issues.
While Parrikar has not yet terminated licensing, he says he will only renew licenses after “proper regulations” are instituted.
“We have not entertained any new application. Also, one of the casinos which had applied to transfer its license to another management was denied permission to do so,” he said. “This is enough to indicate that we have no intention to encourage offshore casinos.”