Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first phase of the international airport at Mopa in Goa and various other projects on December 11 during his visit to the coastal state, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday. The airport at Mopa in North Goa, being built at a cost of Rs 2,870 crore, will be the second facility in the state in addition to the existing airport at Dabolim, Sawant told reporters here.
The airport will have the capacity to handle 44 lakh passengers per annum in the first phase and it will go up to one crore passengers per annum after the completion of the entire project, he said. The existing Dabolim Airport has the capacity to handle 85 lakh passengers in a year, but it does not have the facility for cargo transportation, which is there at the new airport, the CM said.
"Prime Minister Modi will arrive in Goa on December 11 and commission the first phase of the Mopa international airport," he said. The GMR Goa International Airport Limited will operate the new facility for a period of 40 years, extendable up to another 20 years. The project is spread across 2,312 acres of land in North Goa, the chief minister said.
The PM will also participate in the concluding function of the World Ayurveda Congress in state capital Panaji, the CM said. Modi will also virtually inaugurate the All India Institute of Ayurveda in North Goa, the National Institute of Unani Medicine, Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh), and the National Institute of Homeopathy, New Delhi, he added.