The first of Goa’s planned casino boats should be ready to start operations on Goa’s Mandovi River by late January, although whether they will be able to catch the end of Goa’s high season looks increasingly dependent on the whim of the regional government.
John Snowball, who is overseeing the development of Essel Group’s Maharaja Casino boat, said either his boat or the rival Casino Royale, which is being developed by India’s Modi family, would be in place within two months.
However, before they can begin operations, the ships must first be accredited by the marine authorities, primarily Delhi’s Directorate General of shipping, before receiving gambling license to the state government.
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