Monday, November 14, 2016

Goa in need of two airports: Parrikar

Assuring that the Dabolim airport would continue to exist even after the Mopa airport starts functioning, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday maintained that Goa needs the Mopa airport to cater to the increasing air traffic.
The Dabolim airport cannot be expanded any further as it is a naval airport and the new Mopa airport would not hit operations of the existing airport, he said.
Speaking at Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium, Taleigao, at a ceremony held to lay the foundation stone for the Mopa airport and the electronic city in Tuem, Parrikar said, “Goa is in need of two airports in order to cater to the needs of passengers which are expected to cross over 8 million in the near future.”
He said the new integrated terminal building of the Dabolim airport can handle only 2.7 million passengers, but it will have to cater to double of its limit. There is no scope for expansion of the existing airport.
“Work on the six-lane corridor from Mopa to end point of South Goa will be done simultaneously,” he said.
14/11/16 The Navhind Times