Laxmikant Parsekar, the chief minister of Goa, announced that he would not issue licenses for providing gambling-related activities. However, gambling houses that are operating at the moment will not be closed.
According to Laxmikant Parsekar, many local residents do not want to have casinos on the territory of Goa, so that the authorities of the state have decided to stop authorizing gambling establishments in Goa.
However, there is an interesting situation with five floating casinos on the Mandovi river. They cannot be closed, since investors have already spent huge amounts on their construction.
Parsekar believes that any attempts to cancel the current licenses will lead to lawsuits. In addition, such attempts will not be fair, since casinos have already paid for licenses.
It has been known that gambling is legal only in two states in India: Goa and Sikkim. However, the Union Territory of Puducherry in the southern India wants to legalize gambling houses in order to attract tourists and revenues to the state.
The administration of the Union Territory of Puducherry is going to find out whether it is possible to open floating casinos or not.
According to the current gambling-related legislation of the state, gambling has been prohibited since 1965 in accordance with the Pondicherry Gaming Act.