Surendra Furtado, mayor of Panaji where Goa’s floating casinos sell tickets and board customers, said the city would not issues licenses for casino offices despite the state’s licensing of Delta Corp.’s M.V. Horseshoe last week to become the largest floating casino. Delta however already has an office in Panaji to serve its other floating casinos, though the city council voted in May to require all casino offices to close.
Furtado questioned why Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar was giving the floating casinos two more years to operate in the Mandovi river, saying the casinos brought parking, traffic and garbage problems to Panaji. He said Parrikar could have made up lost gaming tax revenue “through judicious, small hikes in certain taxes and levies that the people would willingly pay”.