Activist Kashinath Shetye who approached National Green Tribunal (NGT) against coastal regulatory zone (CRZ) violations of Deltin Caravela in an exclusive chat with G2G said he would approach NGT against all the casinos for violating 2011 CRZ Regulations. Shetye said he would also seek penalties under section 26 of NGT Act 2010 for non-compliance of NGT orders.
Under the 2011 CRZ Regulations, a prior permission is required for any activity within the CRZ if it requires waterfront and foreshore facilities. The offshore casinos in Goa use jettties and other foreshore facilities for transportation to and fro from the vessels.
The NGT held that Deltin operates a mobile hotel on a ship with facilities of restaurants, entertainment, etc. In the process, foreshore facility such as navigational facility and mooring/berthing of the ship are covered by the foreshore facilities that mandate prior permission.
In the Caravela case, the NGT ordered the stoppage of casino operations
unless it has CRZ clearance and if it does not have, till such clearance is granted. The tribunal also directed the State PCB to assess and recover compensation for damage to the environment on account of operations of Deltin Caravela .
It is not clear how many of the offshore casinos have necessary CRZ permissions. Goa in total has six offshore casinos all in the Mandovi river.