Delay in construction of Mopa airport to cost Goa government Rs 15 lakh per day loss

Mopa Airport Goa

The Goa government will lose Rs 15 lakh in revenue a day if the Mopa airport is delayed, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Informed reporters on Wednesday. The GMR Group has won the contract to build the new airport in the state. The first phase is expected to be completed by 2020. The company has pledged 36.99 per cent of revenue sharing to the state government.

“Once the airport is commissioned, the state will earn a revenue of Rs 15 lakh per day for initial days as per the shareholding of 36.99 per cent worked with the company, which will operate the airport,” Parrikar told PTI.

“However, Rs 15 lakh per day would be lost by the state, if the construction of the facility is delayed. The state will gain if the airport is commissioned faster,” he added.

The CM also informed that a rehabilitation package has been approved by the state government for the 14 families of ‘Dhangar’ community to be displaced by the new airport. “The government will also provide a community centre and other facilities to them,” he said.

A new airport is being built at Mopa by the Goa government to accommodate the growing numbers of air passengers and take the load off the existing Dabolim airport in South Goa.

Information credit: PTI

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