WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE MV LUCKY 7 CASINO VESSEL WHICH HAS BEEN STRANDED ON THE MIRAMAR BEACH FOR PAST SEVERAL DAYS. TILL DATE THE MV LUCKY SEVEN WAS ADDRESSED AS THE SIXTH CASINO BUT ACCORDING TO THE CLAIMS MADE BY THE OWNER OF THE CASINO GOPAL KANDA, IT IS THE SECOND OFF SHORE CASINO THAT WAS LICENSED IN GOA BY THE GOVERNMENT. IT LOOKS LIKE THE NEW DEVELOPMENT MAY BRING SOME MORE THINGS INTO THE LIGHT…
MV Seven Casino Vessel was grounded on the Miramar beach on July 17, 2017. The incident took place due to the bad weather conditions, and it is waiting for the salvaging till date. The authorities did not seem to have the plans to remove the same from the beach in the near future although the CM of Goa has assured the salvaging as soon as possible.
The Casino vessel that belongs to the former Haryana Minister Gopal Kanda was allowed to enter the river Mandovi despite the bad weather conditions, and nobody knows who gave the permission to it. The blame game began the moment casino was stranded on the Miramar beach after it was strayed away into the sea water due to bad weather.
Everyone from local MLA to the CoP (Captain of Ports) washed their hands off over the incident saying they are not aware of the anything, and they started blaming each other for the same. According to the reports, when asked by the media as What was the hurry in bringing the vessel to the River Mandovi despite warnings of bad weather from the Captain of Ports, the owner of casino Gopal Kanda said that they had the permission of the authorities to enter the River Mandovi and it was not due to the bad weather that ship was stranded.
“If the weather was the reason, then the vessel would have been stranded before reaching the present spot. The vessel has drifted. For three days, it was stranded in the sand bar and afterward drifted 150-200 meters and It is anchored now. We nevertheless could not have come here without permission from the authorities,” said Mr. Kanda.
Kanda also refuted the allegations that the vessel was safe into the Mormugao Port saying that the ship was unsafe there, and its condition was deteriorating due to the saline sea water and that it needed to be anchored in the river (Mandovi).
Kanda also made some shocking revelations on this issue in the media, according to him, his company The Golden Globe Hotels had paid huge amount of money to Goa government towards the interest and penalty charges for anchoring of the Casino in Mandovi from 2011 – 16 “And during this period we did not even operate the casino
When Kanda was asked that government is calling it the 6th Casino he said that it is not the sixth, but the second Casino in river Mandovi, and they had paid the dues just to renew their license. “We have asked to pay the penalty and pending dues towards the renewal of the license and hence the intervention of the court does not come in the picture,” Said Kanda adding that “We also paid fees for the years 2017 to 2021. One should not be against the casino or any such business.”
Kanda feels that the stranded casino is a good omen for the Goa and that there is no damage to the beach at present. “All the sand which is getting excavated is going back into the sea and the stranded casino had increased the flow of tourists to the Miramar beach and people are taking selfies,” said Kanda grinning.
Although Kanda is also making the claims that the casino will once again float on the water very soon and the task will be accomplished in another few days. “The salvage company is waiting for favourable weather conditions and water tide. It should probably leave by August 8-9,” he said adding that he is also ok with the Casino being converted into the land based casino. “We will abide by any decision/policy of the government. If it tells us to go on land, we will do so. I cannot say anything about the alternative site, it is for the government to decide. We are ready to move. But since we pay hefty fees, we need proper infrastructure.”
According to you, what will be the fate of MV Seven Casino Vessel in the coming months? Will it remain at Miramar only and converted into the Land Based Casino or It will be towed back into the Mandovi River and made into the Off Shore Casino? Please do leave your valuable feedback on this serious issue.