Sixth Casino Vessel Permitted to Moor in River Mandovi Following Approval of Third Tug

Bombay HC

The Bombay High Court at Goa on June 29 permitted the sixth casino vessel, M V Lucky Seven, supported by Golden Globe Hotel Private Limited (GGHPL), to enter the Mandovi River for mooring.

However, the court order also added that the vessel should enter the Mandovi at the owner’s risk and at the supervision of the Captain of Ports (CoP).

After a thorough site inspection and material verification produced by the vessel’s management, it was observed that out of the three tugs provided, only two met the provided specifications.

The Goa Advocate General stated that if the vessel’s management offers the third tug as per the norms, the CoP shall grant permission to allow the vessel within the area.

The Goa government’s reply was a direct result of a plea from the firm which is a subsidiary of former Haryana minister’s MDLR Group, seeking direction from the authorities to permit the entry of the vessel in the river due to adverse weather conditions which was damaging the vessel.

Advocate general Dattaprasad Lawande said, “The authorities found that of the three tugs only two meet the specifications. The third tug has a bigger draught than required and it did not meet the specifications.” During a court hearing.

Senior Advocate Surendra G Desai appearing on behalf of GGHPL submitted that the third tug will be provided shortly as per specified standards.

Subsequently, the HC ordered the CoP to examine all issues immediately after the third tug is ready and proceed to grant the necessary permission for vessel to enter the River Mandovi.

Earlier, the state government told the high court that necessary clearance will be issued to the petitioner if the Captain of Ports was satisfied with the working condition of the vessel’s engine and the company has sufficient tugs with appropriate power in case of emergency.The court has deferred the matter for its next hearing on July 3, 2017.

The arrival of a sixth vessel will surely draw in more poker players who play poker.