ONE FINE DAY, THE NEWS OF 6TH CASINO ENTERING INTO THE RIVER MANDOVI FLASHES IN THE MEDIA, AND EVERYONE LOOKS AT IT WITH SURPRISE AS BJP-LED COALITION GOVERNMENT HAD ASSURED NO MORE CASINOS WILL BE ALLOWED IN MANDOVI, THEN WHO GAVE THE PERMISSION? WHO RENEWED THE LICENSE OF IT?. MEANWHILE, HIGH COURT ISSUES NOTICE TO GOVERNMENT SEEKING FOR AN EXPLANATION TO WIHCH GOVT. ASK FOR TIME. FROM WHERE THIS CASINO CAME INTO THE RIVER? WHY IS EVERYONE WASHING THEIR HANDS OF THE MATTER NOW?
Politics over the Casinos is not the new story in this tiny state of India. Everyone right from the social activists to politicians has the Casinos in their major agenda and only the difference is, some were involved in it for the personal gains while others were doing it for the social cause.
The 6th Casino belongs to Gopal Kanda, a former Haryana Minister, who was involved in Geetika Sharma suicide case. It had applied for the renewal of license long time back and was waiting for the green signal from the government to enter the River Mandovi, which finally happened and the 6th Casino finally entered into the river Mandovi.
Meanwhile, according to the Reports Soon the petition was filed in the High Court by social activist and Senior lawyer, Adv. Aires Rodrigues against the renewal and grant of an offshore casino license to GGHPL (Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd). The government sought time to file a reply and the case was posted for hearing before the vacation judge.
But in the meantime, the Casino traveling into Mandovi went with the flow of water and grounded on the Miramar Beach. According to the reports, 6th controversial Casino grounded hardly 100 meters away from Famous Miramar Beach with the risk of oil spill. The Casino MV Lucky 7 was grounded on Saturday night on a sandbar and floating it was ruled out for another 15 days due to his tide problem.
The reports said that the Casino contains around 12000 liters of diesel, and if the oil spillage starts it will pose a great danger to the very clean and beautiful Miramar Beach, said the sources. The Casino was on its way to enter the River Mandovi after getting the signals from High Court to get Anchored till the time petition is heard.
The sources have further stated that around 17 people were injured while toeing the vessel in the river Mandovi and they were rescued by the coast guard on early Sunday morning with the help of Helicopters and Divers. No major casualties were reported in this accident.
When the media asked sitting MLA of Panaji Mr. Siddharth Kunkolienkar about the grounding of the Casino he said that he is not aware of any such thing but came to know about it from the local news channel. “It is a very serious issue and needs to be tackled properly. If the oil pills who will be responsible? ” he asked.
According to the sources, the ruling BJP government had forced the authorities to allow the Casino in river Mandovi while the Captain of Ports had strongly opposed its entry in River Mandovi during the rainy season. The Panaji MLA who is a BJP member had blamed the Captain of Ports for allowing the 6th Casino in Mandovi. “I don’t know how the high court permitted the Casino in river Mandovi. I am not sure if the Captain of Ports had given any permission but whoever is responsible need to get punished,” said Kuncolienkar.
Meanwhile, Anand Madgaonkar of Madgaonkar Salvages had defended the Captain of Ports saying it is not their fault, and the Court had allowed Casino’s entry into the river Mandovi following the Casino owners approached the High Court seeking the permission of Anchoring the Casino in river Mandovi. Mr. Madgaonkar had ruled out the possibility of the sinking of the vessel but not the spillage of oil on Miramar beach.
The reports claim that Goa government has renewed the license of a casino owned by Haryana’s tainted politician Gopal Kanda. While renewing the license, Goa government has clarified that the license will be the subject matter of government policy. It will be 6th Casino in the river Mandovi, and to make casino operational, the company is supposed to take required permissions from the Captain of Ports.
But then why everyone is running away from the situation now and blaming others for it? The CM, when contacted by the Media, said that he is not aware of any 6th Casino in Mandovi. The Panaji MLA and BJP member is blaming the Captain of Ports for the Grounded Casino and the Tourism minister says that he does not know anything.
Now the question here is, if the Casino was not supposed to start its operation in the River Mandovi, then why the owners were in Hurry to get the casino in River despite the warnings from Captain of Ports? When was the license renewed on the condition of government policies, then how nobody knows about the entry of Casino in Mandovi? Finally, who is responsible for this? If the oil spillage starts in the next 15 days then who will take the responsibility? Please share your views on this serious issue.
SOURCE: VARIOUS SOURCES
IMAGE SOURCE: ANI