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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

CM indicates possibility of sixth casino in River Mandovi

GGHPL has paid annual recurring fees amounting to over Rs 46 crore; has applied for renewal of offshore casino licence

PANJIM: Stating that the government will not allow more than six casino vessels in River Mandovi, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday said that no decision has yet been taken on granting renewal of licence to a sixth casino.

Media reports (not Herald) said that Goa may soon get a sixth offshore casino in the river. Golden Globe Hotels Private Limited (GGHPL) has paid the annual recurring fee and other fees to the State government amounting to over Rs 46 crore and has also applied for renewal of its offshore casino licence. GGHPL is a subsidiary of former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda’s MDLR group.
Officials in the Home Department said the company has deposited the recurring fees with 12% interest, from 2011 to 2016, as also Rs 20 lakh as security deposit.
Speaking to the media, Parsekar said, “The company had approached government and it has been told to deposit all the money and a decision will be taken later.”
Asked whether the licence would be renewed, he said, “Well, I cannot say anything right now but I will tell you that we will not go above the earlier number of six casinos.”
Officials in the Home Department confirmed that the fees have already been paid by the company. “The company has applied for renewal of licence with penalty and late fee with interest and the file will be put up for the government to take a decision,” officials said. The casino had been granted permission in 2006.
Sources further added that the company has been asked to get all necessary permissions for renewal of the licence, which includes permissions from the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), Captain of Ports (CoP), etc.
Recently, the government had stated before the High Court that it shall favourably consider GGHPL’s application for renewal of their casino licence from the year 2016 if they deposit the annual recurring fees. GGPHL had approached the court as the fee payable was Rs 50 crore.

Herald Goa News

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