NEW AIRPORT AT MOPA WILL HANDLE 30 MILLION PASSENGERS ANNUALLY: CM

August 2nd, 2018 Posted In: News

Team TNV

AGENCIES|PANAJI

The upcoming greenfield airport at North Goa’s Mopa plateau, once completed, will have the potential to handle 30 million passengers annually, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the State Assembly on Thursday.

“The Mopa Airport is being constructed in four phases with an annual passenger capacity of 4.4 million in phase I, 5.8 million phase II, 9.4 million in phase III and 13.1 million in phase IV. The airport has an ultimate potential of nearly 30 million passengers per annum,” Parrikar told the ongoing monsoon session of the assembly in a written reply.

The Chief Minister also said that the estimated cost of the first phase of the project is Rs. 1,900 crore.

Phase I is expected to be commenced by September 2020, Parrikar said in response to a question by BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral.

Parrikar also said the existing Dabolim International Airport, which is a military-operated facility, will continue handling civilian operations “even after the commissioning of the new international airport at Mopa”.

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One Comment

  • Gabriel de Figueiredo says:

    Dies Goa need another airport? Why doesn’t the Govt approach the Governor and request to force the Indian Navy to vacate Dabolim to Seabird? After all it was expected to do so after Anjediva was handed over to the Navy as a “sacrificial offering” to enable Seabird to be built. Not everyone knows that Dabolim airport was built in 1955 using Goan funds (partly from mines, partly from overseas development fund) and Goan labour. It was purely a civilian airport. Then in 1962, Candeth handed it over to the Indian Navy in a caretaker mode until it could be handed over to the civilians. But before it could do so, the Indo-Chinese war took place after which the Indian Navy surreptitiously moved INS Hansa from Coimbatore to Dabolim, where it has stayed ever since illegally.

    Goa does not need another “white elephant” for the next generations to be brought to their knees to pay for it.

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