Saturday, March 14, 2009

Goa casinos want courts to intervene on where to float

Close on the heels of the Leela hotels which went to court over the letter of the captain of ports directing it to shift its vessel 'M V the Leela" from its current position to the outer anchorage at Aguada bay within 15 days from the receipt of the letter, it was the turn of another floating casino, "the pride of Goa" who also decided to take recourse to legal action through the High Court of Bombay at Goa, seeking relief from the decision of the government to shift the casinos to the Arabian Sea.

The petition was heard by the High court at Goa and the government was directed by the court to reply to the petition filed by Goa coastal resorts and Recreation, challenging the notice sent to "pride of Goa" to shift the casino.

The argument of "Goa coastal resorts " was that they have obtained all the necessary permissions from the captain of ports to operate on the Mandovi and as such they cannot be asked to relocate.

The Advocate general on behalf of the government informed the court that the shifting of the casinos to the Aguada bay was necessitated due to the heavy traffic experienced by the Mandovi, from ore carrying barges and cruise boats, where the casinos were posing a serious navigational problem for these other vessels.

The next hearing is expected to be on march 19

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