He said bureaucracy has allowed the offshore casino vessel, 'Big Daddy', to anchor in the Mandovi at a time when the state government is formulating a policy to shift all the ships laden with gaming machines out of the river.
The coastal state already has six offshore casino vessels, and 'Big Daddy', operated by Golden Globe Hotels Pvt Ltd, anchored in the river Wednesday.
"I strongly oppose the entry of the Big Daddy in the Mandovi. We have almost finalized a policy to drive out the existing vessels and clear the River Mandovi and this is a sign of disappointment.
"Bureaucracy rules the state while we watch in disappointment," Khaunte tweeted.
Offshore casinos, a tourist attraction, have been facing opposition from certain quarters, forcing the government to announce these vessels would be moved out of the river.
"There was a haste on the part of bureaucracy to allow the vessel to enter into the river Mandovi. They could have waited for the code of conduct to get over," he said.
Salogankar claimed the owner of the casino does not have the required no objection certificate from the ports department to anchor the vessel.
"The vessel also does not have permission under the Indian Vessels Act, 1917 to anchor in Goa waters," he said.
Opposition Congress reacted sharply to the addition of one more casino vessel in the river.
"Actually, the entire casino lobby itself is 'Big Daddy' of BJP," he added.
The main opposition party has assured to drive out the casino vessels from the Mandovi once it comes to power in the state.
Golden Globe Hotels officials were not available for comment.
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