Sunday, March 04, 2018

Mopa airport is a scam: GFDO

Panjim: Alleging that the proposed Mopa International Airport is nothing but a major scam in terms of money and land resources, Goans for Dabolim Only (GFDO) – the movement opposing the second airport – is contemplating challenging the greenfield project in the Supreme Court.
GFDO, which on Saturday held a two-hour long presentation based on 4000 pages of documents relating to the airport project, procured under Right to Information Act (RTI), claimed that the existing Dabolim international airport, with proposed expansion, is sufficient to handle 11.2 million passenger traffic by 2021 and that the need for Mopa may arise only in 2035. These were figures submitted by the Airport Authority of India (AAI) to the Airport Economic Regulatory Authority.
GFDO has accused the Government of Goa, AAI, Engineers India Limited (EIL) and GMR International of a scam in the proposed airport. “GFDO alleges that the Mopa airport project is nothing but a scam, that puts the State, its people and the stakeholders in jeopardy,” the protestors said.
“There is no doubt that the Mopa airport project will certainly collapse under the weight of its own inherent contradictions by the government,” GFDO convenor Fr Eremito Rebelo said.
GFDO member Edwin Pinto said the NGO is in consultation with the legal team contemplating approaching the Supreme Court to challenge the scam-ridden airport project. “There are already petitions before the judiciary – one before Supreme Court and another before the National Green Tribunal (NGT). We intend to move the Apex Court with the facts and figures exposing the scam,” he said.
04/03/18 Herald