The Mandovi River is polluted, and there has been a case that has been filed against the casino vessels that are based in the Mandovi River, for allegedly being the vehicles that have caused the pollution. The National Green Tribunal has contacted the state government in order to try and find out whether the gambling law that is followed for land casinos can also be followed for those offshore casinos that are located in the Mandovi River.
The National Green Tribunal has asked the Advocate General of the state to “explain and enlighten this tribunal as to whether the Public Gambling Act, 1976, can be extended beyond the land area.” The National Green Tribunal had also placed an affidavit on record for the Goa State Pollution Control Board.
The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) has been asked to do a study of the quality of the water in the Mandovi River, including taking the appropriate samples, in order to submit the results at the next hearing. In general, it has been noted, that not only is there dangerous waste ending up in the Mandovi River, having hotels on the shores of the Mandovi and the offshore casinos in the Mandovi, creates a lot of environmental pollution.
The National Green Tribunal further explained: “The GSPCB, shall conduct the study of water bodies for the purpose of locating the water quality by taking suitable samples and obtaining analysis reports, particularly, immediately after the casino ships are operated and during the course of their business, from the water outlets thereof.”
The National Green Tribunal has made it abundantly clear that there will no longer be extensions for those who need to file the various documents, and that these documents and affidavits must be given in within three weeks. It is unknown at this stage what the outcome of this case will bring.