Off-shore casinos cause losses: Goa mining industry - Sunday 16th of August 2009

Presence of off-shore casinos in the Mandovi river causes navigational hindrances and delays the iron ore transportation which causes losses in the business, Goas mining industry has claimed. "The barges (ships carrying iron ore) are delayed almost by one hour which is affecting the business," Anil Salgaoncar, owner of M/s Salgaoncar mining industries Pvt limited, told reporters here.

The space occupied by off-shore casinos is a traditional inland waterway for the barges to transport ore from states hinterland to the minor port where trans-shippers are anchored. The ore is unloaded into the trans-shippers, which transports it to foreign destinations.

Salgaoncar said that the off-shore casino vessels which are "standing obstacles" causes navigational hindrances. "At the time of navigation, the barges face a lot of problems forcing the captain to reduce the speed of the vessel and at times, halt it," he said.

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