The Goa offshore casinos that are found on the Mandovi River have recently had a somewhat negative spotlight shined on them. The CCP, the Corporation of the City of Panaji feels that these casinos are causing both the residents and the city itself a number of problems. Just before the weekend, a decision was made that the Panaji offices of those offshore casinos that are operating on the river will have their Panaji offices sealed. The reason for this is that there have been complaints regarding traffic problems and also that the river itself is being blocked.
A resolution was proposed at the CCP meeting regarding the decision to close the casino offices. The mayor asked the other councilors if they supported this mover or not, and out of the 30 councilors, 29 of them supported this decision to close the casino offices.
The main complaints seem to be somewhat practical ones. Because the offshore casinos are so close to land, there are parking problems 24 hours a day, every day of the week on all the roads that are near the casino docks. Another serious problem is that the casinos have been releasing waste and sewage into the river.
The casinos are in fact not meant to be in the Mandovi River, but rather should be anchored further offshore, at a distance of 12 nautical miles from the coast. As it stands it is more as if the offshore casinos are part of Panaji, turning the city into a casino city, which it is not meant to be.
There has been much protest regarding the dirt and nuisance caused by the casinos. Some have taken it a step further and have said that there have been moral repercussions for the youth in Goa.