MoEF has given environment clearance for Mopa airport: Parrikar

Informing that KPMG has been appointed by the government as the financial consultant for the upcoming Greenfield International Airport at Mopa and that it is presently working on the financial implications of the project,

the Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has given its clearance to the proposed project, during its meeting held on January 28, 2013.
Replying to a related question from the Fatorda MLA, Mr Vijai Sardesai during the Question Hour, Mr Parrikar said that the tendering for the Greenfield International Airport at Mopa would be done after duly considering the findings of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). He also assured the House that the Dabolim Airport would continue to function, warning that if Mopa Airport project fails to take off, a similar airport would come up across the border at Chipi in Maharashtra. 
The Chief Minister further said that Goa has already crossed the 3.7 million mark as far as tourist arrivals are concerned, and by the end of 2013, it would touch the 4 million mark. He also observed that a multi-airport system is the best system for any state as compared to the single airport system. [NT]