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Deltin asked for justification on township project and its impact on traffic

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Deltin Town, a township project in Goa, has been granted terms of reference by the Goa State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) and asked to conduct an environmental impact assessment study for its Dhargalim township project.

Delta Corp. is currently the only publicly listed casino and hospitality entity in India. The project was explained by a senior manager for Deltin Town, who gave the authority after a thorough explanation of the project in a meeting held in the first week of February 2023.

The authority instructed to “Submit details of the built-up area of each building and the use and occupancy classification in line with the National Building Code of India, 2016. The cost of the project (capital and recurring) as well as the cost towards the implementation of the environment management plan should be clearly spelt out.”

The Goa UT Government had already granted Delta Corp. the approval to proceed with the construction of the Rs 3,000 crore integrated resort-cum-casino township at Dhargal in Pernem. In addition to three hotels, a convention centre, a multiplex, a shopping area, a water park, banquet facilities, and a kids’ play area are all proposed as part of the project.

According to Delta Corp’s chief financial officer Hardik Dhebar, they received the go-ahead to start the project back in October 2022 and plan to start the project by December 2022 or January 2023.

The integrated township project is planned to be finished by 2027 and is set to cover 90-acres of land near the Greenfield Airport in Mopa.

The terms of reference for the SEIAA for the township and area development project were approved by Goa’s State Expert Appraisal Committee (SEAC) during its meeting on January 18th. Delta Corp. was told to do an evaluation and impact analysis of the project’s environmental, social-ecological, and influence on land use for agriculture.

The authorities also said, “Present and future traffic and transport facilities for the region should be analysed with measures for preventing traffic congestion and providing faster, trouble-free system to reach different destinations in the city.”

Operators of offshore casinos are also frequently criticized for dumping waste water into the Mandovi River. The SEIAA instructed Delta corp to “Examine the details of source of water, water requirement, use of treated wastewater and prepare a water balance chart.” It further said, “Rainwater harvesting proposal should be made with due safeguards for groundwater quality.”

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