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New airport in Goa to be commissioned in a few months

Work on the New airport in North Goa is expected to be completed in the next few months a top official of the Goa government has said. The existing airport at Dabolim is situated in a military airfield owned by the Indian Navy.  The combined flow of civilian and military traffic on the single-runway increases the airside congestion

The construction of the Mopa airport 75 percent complete

The construction of the Mopa airport located in the North Goa district is 75 percent complete, according to Goa’s state director of civil aviation Sunil Shanbhogue. "Work on connectivity from the runway to the passenger terminal is underway,” he told the media recently. The Mopa airport aims at enhancing Goa’s connectivity by air by aiding the flow of tourist traffic to the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the airport on August 15, 2022, 76th Independence Day.

The Mopa airport is being built by GMR Group’s special purpose vehicle Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL). Airports Authority of India (AAI) has already received the handover of the technical building. Air traffic control (ATC) is slated to receive the handover of the building next week..

The total cost of building the airport reached Rs 2,615 crore due to delays in court proceedings on environmental issues. The Supreme Court upheld the project’s Environmental Clearance allowing construction to resume two years ago. Later on, the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic hindered the construction process.

Mopa airport which is being built under the BOT model (Build, Operate and Transfer) will be operated through GGIAL by GMR for a period of 40 years, extendable by 20 years, as per broad lease agreements.

Mopa airport can drastically increase the number of tourists

The coastal state of Goa is famous for its beaches and attracts tourists from across the world. The construction of the Mopa airport can drastically increase the number of tourists which in turn can unlock Goa’s real-estate potential. Mopa airport’s location also enhances North Goa’s real estate capabilities as it is better developed and has tons of recreational options and tourist attractions, thereby offering better rental and resale rates.
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