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PM inaugurates Mopa Airport in Goa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Mopa International Airport in Northern Goa yesterday, named after former state CM, Manohar Parrikar, reports Zee News. The new airport in the region is an attempt to boost air connectivity in the region and is in sync with the government’s aim to boost tourism in Goa.

The new airport has been built with a cost of INR 2,870 crore and is scheduled to begin operations on January 5, 2023. It is to be noted that the foundation stone of the airport was laid by the PM back in November 2016.

The Mopa International Airport will be the second airport in the state and will be operated alongside the Dabolim airport in South Goa. Moreover, the airport’s inauguration gives the state an infrastructural boost and will supplement overall economic development in the state.

The Mopa International airport in Goa has been built with a sustainable infrastructure plan. In addition to other features, it has a solar power plant, green buildings, LED runway lighting, rainwater collection, and a cutting-edge sewage treatment system with recycling capabilities.

Its foundation stone was laid by him in November 2016. This will be the second airport in Goa, the first one being located at Dabolim.

The Mopa International Airport features a variety of best-in-class technology, including 5G-capable IT infrastructure and StabilRoad, Robomatic Hollow precast walls, and 3-D Monolithic Precast buildings. The airport has 14 parking spaces, a location for aircraft night parking, self-baggage drop facilities, a runway large enough to handle the largest aircraft in the world, and cutting-edge, autonomous air navigation systems, among other amenities.

With an expandable saturation capacity of 33 million people per year (MPPA), Phase I of the airport will initially be able to accommodate roughly 4.4 MPPA. The airport will promote the socio-economic growth of the State while meeting the demands of the tourism sector. It has the capacity to act as a significant logistical centre, directly connecting different domestic and foreign sites. The airport will reportedly have connections to numerous types of transportation. Furthermore, IndiGo and GoFirst airlines have already announced their flight operations from the airport.
(Source: Zee News)

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