Airport will provide economic benefits to people living around Mopa: CM





Reiterating that the existing Dabolim airport will remain operational even after the proposed international airport at Mopa in North Goa is commissioned, the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Friday, said that the new airport, which is coming up in the Pernem taluka, will provide an economic  benifits to the people residing in the radius of 20 kms of the project.

Speaking at the function, organised for distributing  job appointment letters and rehabilitation orders to the project-affected families, mostly, from the Dhangar community, at the assembly complex, Porvorim, Parrikar said that fears that Dabolim airport would be closed after the Mopa project takes off are unwarranted.

He further said that that the South Goa-based airport is currently supersaturated, and it cannot take even an extra passenger or flight.

“If the Dabolim aiport is closed, it would increase burden on the new aiport at Mopa. When Mopa airport was conceived, Goa was receiving 2.5 million tourists annually, and now the number has gone up to 8 million,” he added.

As announced by the state government, the first phase of the Mopa would be commissioned in 2020.

The Chief Minister further said that new airport will not only create job opportunities but will change the economy of Pernem and surrounding areas.

Tourism Minister and Pernem MLA Manohar ‘Babu’ Ajgaonkar said that the new aiport will lead to the eradication of unemployment in the Pernem taluka.

Chief Minister and Tourism Minister handed over the job appointment letters provided by the GMR Goa International Airport Ltd to 15 nominees of project- affected families and orders of rehabilitation to 14 families.

The employment given by the GMR firm to 15 families includes 12 jobs in semi-skilled and unskilled field assistant category and remaining three will be employed as technician, driver and assistant associate.

Under the rehabilitation package, the government will be allotting  800 square metres of land with 100 square metres of constructed house and 50 square metres of goat/cow shed in the Casarvane village, and it will be implemented by GMR firm on nomination based on PWD estimate of Rs 6.33 crore.