Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has further added spice to the Dabolim-Mopa airport conundrum, stating that he is prepared to give land of Mopa air port free to the Navy, provided they shift Dabolim naval base to Mopa.
“I can have only Dabolim as a civilian air port, but then the Navy has to move out to expand it in order to meet the futuristic requirements of Goa”, said Parrikar while speaking at a media briefing in South Goa.
The recent rally held in Margao by ‘Goans Only for Dabolim’ (GOD) has literally shaken up the BJP-led coalition government, which is presently in good terms with the Church.
The Chief Minister said he did not mind keeping only Dabolim air port as a civilian air port if the Navy agrees to shift to Mopa.“I will give them Mopa land free”, he said.
However, he did not forget to state that the Navy will never move out from Dabolim and expecting this is an unrealistic assessment.
Parrikar also assured that all the charter flights will land only at Dabolim even after Mopa air port becomes operational.
The CM also admitted that the work on Mopa would begin only after the Environmental Impact Assessment is completed, which takes one full year assessing the situation in all the seasons of the year.
He once against dismissed the presumption that Dabolim air port would be closed down after Mopa comes up.
“Keeping Dabolim operational is a precondition we will include while inviting RFQ tenders”, he said.
He also pointed out that the four and six lane highways in Goa, including the one connecting Mopa to the rest of Goa, would be complete before Mopa air port comes up.