Sunday, August 01, 2021

34% of Mopa airport work complete: CM

Porvorim: Chief minister Pramod Sawant said that the state government has physically completed over 34% work of the greenfield Mopa International Airport. Sawant said the prime minister’s office has set a date of August 15, 2022, for the inauguration of the airport.

The total cost of the project has gone up to Rs 2,615 crore due to court matters and the Covid-19 pandemic, Sawant said.

Sawant said that the union government has notified a 6.5 km highway to connect the Mopa airport to NH 66 and that the tender has already been issued. “We will lay the foundation stone for the road soon,” he said.

In 2018, the Centre had given an in-principle approval for the construction of an 8km-long highway from Dhargalim to Varconda. The authorities, however, are yet to decide whether to construct a six-lane or a four-lane highway.

Sawant also said that a new skills development centre, built by GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL), which is constructing the new airport, will be operational from October and that enrollment for the centre will start from September.

01/08/21 Times of India

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