Monday, April 27, 2020

Completion of Mopa airport may be delayed

Panaji: Work on the Mopa international airport has recommenced after the Centre allowed construction activities during the extended lockdown. However, its completion may be slightly delayed due to the initial lockdown phase.
Director of civil aviation Suresh Shanbhogue told TOI that work began on April 20. He said that when the first lockdown was announced, there were 750 workers at the site, so, when construction activity was allowed, getting labour was not an issue.“Nearly 1,000 labourers have started working on the airport, but there may be a slight delay in its completion.” A senior government official said that work on the airport was delayed by around 20 months after social activists approached the courts. He said that the initial deadline for getting the airport operational was September 2020, but due to the cases, it won’t be met. As per the new schedule, he said, infrastructure will be finished by December 2021, and operations will start by May 2022. However, this deadline, too, is likely to be broken, an official said.
An official said that it takes around six months to secure permissions and clearances from all authorities to start operations.
27/04/30 Times of India
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