Kolkata, Oct 27 : Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant expects that the proposed international airport at Mopa will be functional by 2022.
He announced from the podium of a full house Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) at Taleigao, Goa this week. The state presently has only one international airport at Dabolim which is military and civil dual-use airfield. But work on the air terminal has been temporarily stalled following a Supreme Court order passed earlier this year.
However, Goa Airport holds the 10th place as the busiest airports in action in the country. In the last fiscal year, Goa Dabolim International Airport emerged as one of the busiest airports in India with over 50,000 flights handled. The airport catered to more than 8.5 million passengers in the fiscal, which is 11.3 percent higher than 2017-18 fiscal.
Recently, the parallel taxiway at Dabolim air terminal which involves a whopping 125 crore rupees has been tested effectively. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) said the successful dummy run of parallel taxiway will be completed soon.
Dilip Buildcon Ltd (DBL) had stowed the agreement of parallel taxiway venture and they have begun by bringing down the old terminal structure of the air terminal. The taxiway will permit tasking of more flights and will ameliorate the air traffic gridlock and also is relied upon to assist the flight tasking activities including domestic carriers to bring more visitors to this sea-side state.
Mr Sawant, elated that Goa emerged as the best-governed state as announced by the Public Affairs Centre (PAC), further said, "We are building a convention centre at Dona Paula that will be outfitted with modern amenities."
Till now, Lulu Bolgatty International Convention Center in Kochi and Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in Kolkata are the most favourable convention centres in India.(UNI)