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Ludas Vegas

posted Aug 4, 2012, 8:50 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 4, 2012, 9:11 PM by Unknown user ]

Well not sure if it will be called 'Ludas Vegas', but if the plan of Punjab Government goes through, Punjab will soon have a gambling destination at Mattewara village near Ludhiana, Punjab.

Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal has ordered the state's infrastructure development agency Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) to set up a Las Vegas strip-like casino at Mattewara village near Ludhiana. 

A three-member team comprising a PIDB official and two members from an empanelled private agency Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) was sent on a four-day visit to Goa last week to study and explore the possibility of installing slot machines and casinos in Punjab, set to become third state in the country after Sikkim and Goa to have casinos. 

    The casinos planned in Mattewara will have around 30-50 slot machines, video pokers and card games like baccarat, blackjack, pontoon and sicbo and will be open 24 hours. 

he Punjab government is likely to discuss the Public Gambling Act, 1867 in its next Assembly session. 

The casinos will be built both inside hotels or stand alone on a PPP model near the river. 

The initial report has suggested borrowing legal framework from Goa where an annual licence fee of Rs 5 crore is paid by the hotel housing the casinos and an entry fee between Rs 500-Rs 1,000 is charged to every visitor. 

    Out of 1,400 acres of proposed landscaped area surrounded by thick forests and water bodies, Mattewara village is already set to have a horse racing turf on a 140-acre land, golf course on a 200-acre land and an amusement park. 

So should we say "What happens in Ludhiana, stays in Ludhiana"