- The Centre gave the nod for development of Rs 3,000 crore international airport project at the Mopa village in Goa.
- The Mopa village is located in North Goa near Maharashtra border, approximately 35 kilometres north of Goa’s capital city Panaji.
- The greenfield airport, to be developed in four phases, will have annual passenger capacity of 13.1 million within 30 years – by 2045. It will serve both the tourism and business markets.
- In the first phase, the state government has proposed to develop one runway, with half parallel taxi-way, three runway exits by 2020 to accommodate annual passenger capacity of 4.4 million.
- The estimated cost of the project in Phase I would be Rs 1,500 crore.
“The successful bidder will run an aviation skills development centre in association with the state government to train local talent for future absorption in airport and aviation related jobs. It will also have to employ 75 local people every year,” Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said.