EIA need to be done before giving licences to offshore casinos
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 18:54
  
Panaji: Amid controversy over notices served on off shore casinos for improper disposal of sewerage, Union Minister of state for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday said that the state should conduct Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) before granting licences to these casinos.

"EIA should have been done before granting licences to off shore casinos as they are anchored in the water," Chavan said.

The minister was here on a visit to National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research and National Institute of Oceanography.

Speaking to reporters, he, however, feigned ignorance on whether such clearance was mandatory or not for the ships mounted with casinos and anchored in Goa waters.

"The ships should not create pollution and I feel that they have enough mechanism in place to control it,'' Chavan commented.

Goa has six off shore casino vessels which ran into controversy after the State Pollution Control Board served notices on them over improper disposal of sewerage water.

The casinos were allegedly letting the sewerage flow into the Mandovi river water though the companies operating the vessels had denied the charge.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 18:54


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