There has been much objection to the Goa government allowing a fifth off-shore casino vessel to operate. It was noted that a fifth vessel, the Deltin Caravela, was anchored in the River Mandovi.
There were protests that took place at Britona village, and at Ribander village, both of which are located along the River Mandovi. The Nationalist Congress Party, and the Goa Forward Party released statements clearly stating their opposition to the new vessel in the River Mandovi.
The Goa Forward party went as far as accusing the current Goa government of “destroying” family tourism by developing and supporting the Goa casino industry.
The Goa President of the Nationalist Congress Party, Jose Philip D’Souza, said: “BJP government has now proved that they are saviours of the casino industry. We strongly oppose the new vessel in river Mandovi,”
Durgadas Kamat, the Goa Forward Party Secretary, commented: “BJP government which promised that casinos would be removed from Mandovi has failed totally on its promise. They are permitting casinos of monstrous proportions in the lifeline of Goa.”
The Secretary furher noted: “BJP is fooling the people of Goa by saying that they have reduced the number of casinos. Actually, BJP has done just the reverse and today Panaji looks as the capital of casinos.”
After the objections were made, the Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, explained that the casino vessel was not granted a new license, rather its license was renewed.
Parsekar explained: “The fifth off-shore vessel is not a new casino. We have renewed their licence. We can’t refuse to renew the licence. If we do that the investor (casino owner) will go to the court and stay our decision.”
Deltin, the company that runs the Deltin Jaqk and the Deltin Royale, had acquired the Caravela, which had been Goa’s first off-shore casino. After the acquisition, it was named the Deltin Caravela.