The estimated cost to complete the Mopa airport, according to government officials, is expected to be Rs 3,000 crore.
Construction of the greenfield airport at Mopa in Goa is expected to commence in November 2016 once the public-private partnership (PPP) is finalised, chief minister Laxmikany Yashwant Parsekar said. The PPP is expected by February, he said.
After Delhi and Hyderabad, Mopa might be the third airport that will be built, operated and managed by a private company. Already, the tendering process of Mopa has begun and it has seen bids from private companies such as GMR, GVK, Voluptas Developers and Essel Infra. The developer, Parsekar said, will be finalised by February.
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The estimated cost to complete the Mopa airport, according to government officials, is expected to be Rs 3,000 crore. After the Durgapur airport, which started a few months back, and the Navi Mumbai airport, where work is already on, Mopa will be the third greenfield airport for which construction has begun.
The CM also dismissed rumours that the existing and only airport in Goa, the Dabolim airport, will cease to exist after the Mopa airport comes up. Unlike in Hyderabad and Bangalore, where once new airports came up, the older ones was shut, Mopa and Dabolim will co-exist. “Both the airports will function, and they will continue
to work simultaneously. By 2019, the air traffic in Goa is expected to go up to eight to nine million, and in its first phase, Mopa will be able to cater to only 4.5 million passengers,” he said.
Parsekar said it would take three years to complete the first phase of the project, and the first flight will start in 2019.
The airport will be built in four phases. By the end of the fourth phase, the airport will have capacity to handle 13.5 million passengers.
Once the airport is built, it will be able to provide landing and take-off for wide-body aircraft, which is not possible
at the Dabolim airport. Also, for the new airport, Parsekar said, commercial space would be given to the airport developer so that it attracts more air traffic, and, in turn, yield higher revenue for the airport.