Goa’s River Mandovi casinos have been granted another six-month extension of operating, until September 30, by Goa’s state cabinet due to an alternative site for relocation yet to be identified.

The government has been looking at relocating the offshore casinos from the River Mandov since 2013, long before the previous six-month extension expired on March 31 of this year.

The additional six-month extension has been granted to the six offshore casinos which include MV Horseshoe Casino, MV Pride of Goa, MV Casino Royale, MV Argosy IV, MV Royale Flotel and MV Lucky.

Furthermore, the government are looking into the process of renewing the licence of MV Horseshoe Casino, which expired in August 2018.

During the current state lockdown, Goa’s casino sector has been providing aid to the government in reaching out to stranded tourists.

Srinivas Nayak, director of the Casino Pride Group said: “We have supported 25 Georgian nationals by offering them accommodation and food after their embassy requested for the same. They are safe in our accommodation. We will take care of them till they are in a position to fly back.”

The Casino Pride Group donated ₹51 lakh to the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant’s Relief Funded which was matched by Deltin Group last week.

Deltin Group chairman Jaydev Mody, concluded: “These are challenging times for all, and many people remain vulnerable to the COVID-19. Deltin Group believes in creating awareness amongst general public about the pandemic and providing humanitarian aid to the needy.”