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Vijai wants offshore casinos brought to land

Panjim: Town and Country Planning Minister and Goa Forward Party President Viaji Sardesai opined that he is pushing for the offshore casinos anchored in River Mandovi to be shifted to land.Stating that the party’s stand on casinos is unchanged, he said, “I am actually pushing for moving them on land. For this the Act needs to be amended. The casinos are polluting the river. Instead, we can make the river something like the Hong Kong harbour.”He said that casinos should not be shut down. “Now if you shut them, it will have an overall effect. I have always been saying that there is a conspiracy to get it (6th casino) back. It is because of me that it has been blocked for so long,” he stated.Meanwhile, when asked regarding the opposition to red category industries prior to the Assembly elections and the current scenario, he said, “Personally, I am of the opinion that red category industries should not get a backdoor entry in Goa by using mechanism like IPB. Goa Forward has specifically demanded that Vani Agro should not be set up in Amdai.” [H]

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