Thursday, November 05, 2020

Public hearing for Goa airport expansion at Sancoale on Dec 4

Panaji: Goa State Pollution Control Board announced that it would conduct a public hearing for the proposed expansion of Goa International Airport, Dabolim, at 10am on December 4, at the Community Centre at Sancoale’s airport colony.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, GSPCB has decided to permit just 100 people for the public hearing with preference being given to those residing in the vicinity.

“The district magistrate or a representative not below the rank of additional district magistrate assisted by a representative of the State Pollution Control Board shall supervise and preside over the entire public hearing process,” member secretary GSPCB Shamila Monteiro.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to expand the present airport terminal building so that the facility is capable of handling at least 3,450 passengers during peak hours. AAI proposes to expand the existing apron over an area of 15,000sqm to accommodate three more aircraft such as the A-321 or B-737.

As per norms, a public hearing has to be held.

People who desire to attend the public hearing physically are required to register with the GSPCB e-mail ID by November 12. Those who wish to participate virtually should submit their contact details to so that the link can be sent to them.

“Only 100 persons will be allowed to attend the hearing. Preference shall be given to the public who reside in the vicinity of the project. The proceedings of the environmental public hearing shall be forwarded to the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change for appropriate action in the matter,” Monteiro said.

05/11/20 Times of India

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