Will oppose Mopa, if Dabolim has to go, says Sardinha


With doubts being raised in certain quarters over the future of Dabolim airport, South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha has tabled a question in Parliament seeking clarifications on the airport controversy dogging the state. “I have sought details and clarifications from the Union Civil Aviation Ministry on the Mopa airport and the future of Dabolim airport given doubts created in the minds of Goans about the very future of Dabolim,” he told Herald on the sidelines of the meeting of Fatorda Block Congress Committee here on Friday. Sardinha said that he has been of the firm opinion that Dabolim should remain as Goa’s international airport, while Mopa should cater to the future requirements of the state. “We have said time and again that Dabolim will never be closed down, irrespective of Mopa becoming a reality or not”, he said. Sources in the know said that Sardinha, who is the chairman of Parliament’s Estimates Committee, has convened a meeting in New Delhi on February 15 on matters relating to airports across the country. The raging Dabolim-Mopa controversy is likely to figure in the meeting with Civil Aviation officials, sources said. Sardinha had come under attack from Goemkar chief Vijai Sardesai over his two-airport theory. But, the South Goa MP said he has never espoused the cause of Mopa at the cost of Dabolim. “If I get a reply in Parliament that Dabolim will not exist if Mopa becomes a reality, I will never support the new airport.”[H]