Taking cognizance of the No to Mopa initiative launched by GoaChronicle.com on social platform Facebook, questioning the financial viability and feasibility of the dual airport system proposed to be adopted by the new BJP-led Government, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in a one-on-one meeting with Editor-in-Chief of GoaChronicle.com has confirmed that he is to commission a feasibility and financial viability study to run both Dabolim and Mopa. The process to appointing a consultant to conduct the report will be initiated shortly.
He stated, that if Mopa is not financial viable with the existence of Dabolim then it will be a No to Mopa. Confirming this stance, he stated that no international company would spend Rs 3000 crore on a project until the state can prove it will be financially viable. The State Government will provide the land, but the financial requirement will be the onus of the private company keen in setting a greenfield airport.
“As far as I am concerned Dabolim will stay. I have even petitioned the Prime Minister to request the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to allot 2.5 acres of land to further expand Dabolim Airport. On the recent de-notification of land meant for parking for the Dabolim Airport which is currently in the High Court, I would not like comment since the matter is sub-judice,” he asserted.
Stating that the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) report had been commissioned in 2007 and the changing dynamics of aviation opportunities have changed over the last couple of years, he felt that in the long term interest of the state keeping an eye on making Goa a vibrant economic state it is better to be sure on the way forward. Though, he believes that both can be feasible and viable for Dabolim to cater to the South market and Mopa for the North, he would still like an expert opinion on his belief.
GoaChronicle.com also left its brief report on the changing dynamics in the aviation and tourism opportunities with the CM for further study.