Source: The Times of India Goa October 2, 2014

Panaji: Despite reservations from two ministers, the state cabinet on Wednesday approved the proposal to float a request for qualification (RFQ) from interested parties to build a greenfield international airport at Mopa in Pernem taluka. The RFQ is likely to be issued on Friday.

While forests minister Alina Saldanha asked chief minister Manohar Parrikar whether the government can float a RFQ when the environment impact assessment (EIA) has not been completed, fisheries minister Avertano Furtado raised the demand of the people of Navelim who had objected to the government's decision to go ahead with a RFQ for the Mopa airport and opposed the project.

Parrikar later said that he gave "satisfactory answers" to all the questions raised by the two ministers. He said that some of the issues raised by the ministers "were based on wrong information" and he doesn't blame them for that as there is not much information available.

Source: The Economic Times October 3, 2014

(Goa government this weekfinalisedand passed the RFQ for the airport, notwithstanding the opposition for the project from a section of people in South district.)

PANAJI: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said the actual work on greenfield international airport at Mopa would begin next year, after the procedures of obtaining environment impact assessment (EIA) and other tendering processes are completed.

"I can't give the exact date when work on new airport will start. But as per my time table, I will finish request for proposal (RFP) and EIA by May or June next year.

"If that happens the work on airport can start by September-October, next year," Parrikar told reporters after inaugurating the office of Union Tourism minister Sripad Naik in the state.

Goa government this week finalised and passed the Request for Qualification ( RFQ) for the airport, notwithstanding the opposition for the project from a section of people in South district.

"RFQ is already loaded on the website," he said, adding that EIA is necessary for construction of airport and not for selection of the player (company which will construct the airport).

Source: The Times of India Goa September 26, 2014

Mopa will come up even if some don’t support it: CM

PANAJI: The state government will go ahead with the Mopa airport project even if some people don't support it, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday announcing that the request for qualification (RFQ) would be issued by October 3, followed by request for proposal (RFP) in January.

"The government will issue RFQ on Mopa airport by October 3," Parrikar said on the sidelines of a function held in the city on Thursday. "The decision has been taken. Even if some people do not support it, we will go forward with the decision," Parrikar said.

Sources said that RFQ documents were ready in early 2013, but, since then the government had gone slow on the issue.

Parrikar said that the decision has been taken keeping in mind that Goa needs another airport. He also said that on Tuesday, the cabinet will discuss and take a decision on RFQ. "We should be positive about this and I am hoping for the cooperation from various organizations," Parrikar added.

Source: The Times of India Goa September 9, 2014

PANAJI: The environment impact assessment (EIA) report of the greenfield international airport at Mopa is in the final stage and will take two months time for submission to the government.

Government sources said that once the EIA report is submitted to the government, the public hearing will commence.

The Engineering India Limited (EIL) company has been given the task to conduct the EIA study for the greenfield international airport at Mopa. Around five months ago, the EIA study was begun at the proposed site.

Government sources said EIL is conducting the EIA study on six parameters and only two parameters are left to complete the study before putting it to the government. Sources said that EIL will now incorporate baseline data with remote sensing data.

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to hold a meeting as soon as he returns back from his private visit to review the progress on the Mopa airport.

Source: The Economic Times August 6, 2013

(The government proposes to construct 17 new airports in the country in the 12th Five-Year Plan (2012-17) period.)

NEW DELHI: The government has proposed to build 17 new airports in 11 states, an expansion plan that will partly address the Indian aviation sector's growing capacity challenges and improve air connectivity in under-penetrated states such as Arunachal Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation KC Venugopal informed Rajya Sabha on Tuesday that the airports have been proposed for construction during the 12th Five Year Plan.

Karnataka is the biggest beneficiary of the government proposal with as many as four airports to come up in Gulbarga, Bijapur, Hassan and Shimoga.

Goa will get a second airport in Mopa and Kerala a fourth in Aranmula. Airports for Arunachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Jharkhand will be built in Itanagar, Kishangarh and Deoghar.


Source: The Times of India Goa August 24, 2013

Mapusa: NGO 'People for Mopa' held a public meeting in Mapusa to garner support for the Mopa airport project. This is the first meeting the NGO held outside Pernem. The NGO has held meetings in almost all villages in the Pernem Taluka which were well-attended and supported by many people.

"Few elements from South Goa are misguiding people over the Mopa airport project by spreading wrong information. In reality, Mopa is the need of the hour and it's high time people come in large numbers to support the project," said Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) chairperson Sandip Fulari at the meeting.

The meeting was attended by former MMC chairperson Sudhir Kandolkar, Shiv Sena Goa chief Ramesh Naik, People for Mopa Bardez convenor Eknath Mhapsekar and a large number of people.

Source: The Times of India Mumbai April 26, 2013

MUMBAI: The lane expansion of Mumbai-Goa highway's 366-km stretch from Indapur to Zarap has inched ahead. The Centre has given in-principle approval to expand the highway from two to four lanes to eliminate head-on collisions. But ministers and officials involved in the project say that because of factors like seeking clearances, land acquisition and the tendering process, work is unlikely to start before 2015.

The project will take three-four years to be finished as it involves long-drawn tasks such as digging tunnels through ghats, widening bridges and eliminating hairpin bends.

Source: The Times of India Goa September 27, 2013

'Mopa airport tender by end-2013'

PANAJI: Anil Srivastava, joint secretary, ministry of civil aviation, announced the central government's plans to construct 50-60 low-cost Greenfield airports in smaller towns across India.

He was speaking at the Aviation ICT Forum, organized by CAPA (Center for Aviation, APAC) and aviation IT and communications company, SITA, in Panaji on Thursday.

Source: The Times of India Goa October 16, 2013

Rs 600 crore development projects in Pernem taluka: Chief minister

MAPUSA: Pernem taluka which is considered as the backward taluka of the state will get the developmental boost as chief minister announced that government will undertake developmental projects amounting to Rs 600 crore as a step towards making all-round development of Pernem taluka.

"The government has already initiated projects like bridges across Keri Terekhol and Tuem-Camurlim, cricket stadium at Dhargalim and the proposed Mopa airport, etc," Parrikar said, addressing the gathering at the foundation stone laying function for much awaited Pernem bus stand and market complex at Pernem.

Source: The Times of India Goa July 18, 2013

No more land for Dabolim airport expansion: CM

PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday reiterated that the government will not give any more land for the expansion of Dabolim airport till the Airports Authority of India (AAI), Goa, submits a detailed action plan on land use.

Parrikar said the state government has given around 1 lakh sq m of land-40,000 sq m for the new terminal and 50,000 sq m at a prime location-but till date it was not utilized.

Parrikar said there is enough space available at Dabolim airport for vehicle parking and there is no need to allot additional land for this. He said outside the existing terminal building there is space available for parking of around 350 vehicles and that around 100 vehicles could be parked on either side of the proposed national highway.

"If they (AAI) are not able to plan the parking space, then they should come to me I will plan for them," Parrikar said.

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