Delta Corp’s casino-integrated township project moves closer to environmental nod

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The Deltin Town resort-cum-casino project in Dhargalim has been recommended for prior environmental clearance by the Goa State Expert Appraisal Committee (Goa-SEAC) at its most recent meeting. The project includes three hotels, a cinema hall, a convention centre, a shopping area, banquet facilities, a water park and a kids’ play area.

The go-ahead for the Rs 3000 crore township project was already given by the state government back in October 2022 and the Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (Goa-SEIAA) will now review and take the final decision.

According to The Times of India, one of the conditions read, “The project proponent should necessarily make appropriate provisions while constructing rooftops to enable installation of solar panels.”

According to the committee, the project must maintain at least 20% of its open space as required by the regulations, and outdoor and common area lighting must be LED-based. Additionally, it has been said that elements to cut down on power usage should be included.

According to Goa-SEAC, buildings must also be equipped with water-saving measures and fixtures like low-flow flushing systems. Separate plumbing systems for grey and black water, as well as the reuse of treated water for toilet flushing, have also been mandated.

The project, which is spread across 90 acres near Mopa airport in north Goa, has seen several delays, mainly due to citizen groups such as the Calangute Constituency Forum and former MLA Manohar Ajgaonkar, objecting to the construction. Meanwhile, it is expected to be complete by 2027.

Delta Corp is the only listed casino and hospitality entity in India. It operates onshore and offshore casinos in Goa.