It may be recalled that in March this year, the State cabinet had decided to denotify a portion of the land that was sought to be acquired by the government for the expansion of the Dabolim airport. The land denotified belonged to one Bernard D’Costa who was backed by Revenue Minister Jose Philip D’Souza and Deputy Speaker Mauvin Godinho in his claim to denotify the land.
As already exposed by Goa Chronicle.Com, in August the said Bernard D’Costa sold the land denotified to a real estate builder.
AAI Chairman V P Agarwal in a letter to the Chief Secretary has pointed out that the cabinet has denotified the land that was closest to the airport which is now undergoing expansion and further stated that parking and, cargo services, parking of ground support equipment and other critical facilities that would augment the expansion plans of the airport.
It was also stressed that lack of land was impeding the expansion of the civilian enclave at the airport and added that dropping of acquisition would result in the new facilities coming up at the airport without having corresponding facilities.
Besides, the fact that AAI had already deposited Rs. 4.25 crore as compensation for the land acquisition involving two properties of which one has been now dropped by the cabinet, has also been highlighted.