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
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.