Sunday, August 15, 2021

PM Modi will inaugurate Mopa airport on next Independence Day: Goa CM

Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Greenfield International Airport at Mopa on August 15 next year, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Sunday.

“Over 35% of the work on the airport at Mopa is complete, and the PM will inaugurate it on August 15, 2022,” Sawant said in his address after hoisting the flag at the old secretariat in Panaji.

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.

The Union government has notified a 6.5km highway to connect the Mopa airport to NH66, and that the tender has already been issued. The state government 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.

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 enrollment for the centre will start from September.

GMR Airports Ltd, through its subsidiary GGIAL, is constructing the greenfield airport at the Mopa plateau in Pernem taluka. The first phase of the airport is supposed to be ready by March 2022.

15/08/21 Murari Shetye/Times of India

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