Govt’s hidden agenda is to close down Dabolim airport: Congress

Govt’s hidden agenda is to close down Dabolim airport: Congress

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Panaji, Nov 23 : The Congress in Goa on Saturday alleged that hidden agenda of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state was close down the Dabolim Airport in South Goa.

Addressing a press conference at party state headquarters in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Spokesperson Trajano D'Mello said the hidden agenda of the government closing down the Dabolim airport was becoming clear. ''God forbid a disaster to a passenger aircraft can happen. One day we will find the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in all probabilities will step in and declare that the airport with such constructions which are hazardous for flying aircrafts and it will be a risk to operate passenger aircrafts and since there exists an airport in very close vicinity may direct to close down passenger aircraft from Dabolim and Mopa could be activated,'' he said.

He alleged that according to Navy sources, MiG-29K Fighter Jet of Indian Navy that crashed recently was due to a bird hit and the government has remained a mute spectator and insensitive to this grave incident. ''Such a disaster could happen to a passenger aircraft. Is the government waiting for such a disaster? The government is doing nothing to prevent this from happening but on the contrary is permitting illegalities. Stray dogs and birds are attracted to human habitation because of garbage or waste. It is also informed by the Naval authority that a fish market exists in the approach path of the airport, a cause for attracting birds,'' he said.

The Congress leader pointed out that after formulating Colour Coded Zoning Map (CCZM) it was clear that all constructions within the radius of four km required mandatory permissions of naval authorities.

''The Naval authorities have repeatedly informed the State Govt/Local authorities that illegal constructions are mushrooming within the funnel zone of the airport and within the radius of four km which is hazardous for aircrafts approaching and taking off from Dabolim. The Naval authorities have also pointed out at least nine constructions are going on without any clearance and which are very close from the boundary of the airport,'' he said. (UNI)