Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mopa deal favours GMR more than Goans: NGO

Panaji: A group of social activists, who are fighting against the construction of a new airport at Mopa, has alleged that the government has signed a one-sided agreement with GMR Airports Ltd which benefits the company even if the project is terminated, leaving the people of Goa to pay for it.
Goans for Dabolim Only (GFDO) claimed the Mopa airport is an unviable project that goes against the interests of the people of Goa. "The government is flouting its own concessionaire agreement to breathe life into this unviable project," it stated.
The state government has agreed to give 381 acres of land to the concessionaire, of which 240 acres is for unrestricted development, the group said, pointing out that without a timeline for developing the 381 acres, the land will not benefit the Goans, only allowing GMR to hold on to the land resources by keeping them vacant until the land prices escalate.
23/07/17 Times of India