Dabolim airport building to be ready by June: CM


The new Dabolim airport terminal building is expected to be commissioned by June 2013, at an estimated cost of Rs 7585.50 lakh, on 50:50 sharing basis with Airport Authority of India (AAI), Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the State Legislative Assembly on Monday.
Parrikar said that the decision to construct the new airport terminal building was approved by State government in 2002, which was also consented to by Ministry of Civil Aviation. 
“The construction work of the airport was finally approved in May 2006 by Airport Authority of India,” he said. 
Chief Minister was responding to a question tabled by Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane, Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho and Sanguem MLA Subhash Phaldessai where they sought to know the status of expansion of work of Dabolim airport. 
Parrikar said that approximately 39,973 sq mtrs of land has been allotted to AAI by State government for construction of the terminus. 
“The expansion plan is being implemented as per the original approvals,” Parrikar stated. 
Parrikar informed the House that AAI is developing multi-level car park for 570 light vehicles, in addition to standard parking space. 
Further, additional area next to national highway is being considered for developing a multi-level car park.  
Meanwhile, while replying to a question on international Greenfield airport at Mopa, Parrikar said that an area of 91.71 lakh sq mtrs is intended to be acquired for the project, with government already having acquired 1466.57 acres. 
The question of Mopa airport was tabled by Rane, Sankhali MLA Subhash Phaldessai and Porvorim MLA Rohan Khaunte. 
Parrikar said that the new airport apart from enhancing tourism in the State would also generate employment opportunities, flow of investment, boost service industry and would help in creating various infrastructure projects.  [H]