The Chief Minister of Goa Dr. Pramod Sawant made a new announcement in the house saying that the Goa Government has earmarked around 232 acres of land on the upcoming MOPA airport and it will be used for setting up of the casinos where only the air passengers will have access.

The times when Goans are crying to remove the casinos from Mandovi the state government is making the plans of setting up more bigger casinos in Goa’s biggest upcoming airport.

Although the Chief Minister has uttered that the casino on MOPA will only allow the air passengers but there are no guarantees that the same will not be used by the locals.

According to the reports published by NDTV channel, In a written reply to a question by BJP legislator Wilfred D’Sa, Sawant said 232 acres of land at the airport had been earmarked for commercial development. 

Only airline passengers would have access to casinos at the upcoming Mopa international airport, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said in the Assembly on Monday.

In a written reply to a question by BJP legislator Wilfred D’Sa, Sawant said 232 acres of land at the airport had been earmarked for commercial development.

Apart from casinos, hotels of various categories, eco-adventure, and wellness resorts, as well as a shopping plaza would be constructed at the airport, he said.

The statement comes at a time when the Goa government, under pressure from the civil society and the Opposition, is in the process of relocating six offshore casinos, parked in the Mandovi river.

Developed jointly by GMR and the Goa government, the airport in the North Goa district is expected to handle 30 million passengers. The first phase of the airport is expected to be completed in 2020.

Source: NDTV

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