The Goa Govt has allocated 1.68 lakh sq m of land at Dhargal for the Mopa International Airport project, in addition to the 2,093 acres of land allocated earlier. The land belongs to the Goa Housing Board and will form part of the second phase of the airport project.
For the construction of the Mopa airport, The Town and Country Planning Department announced the inclusion of a portion of the Goa Housing Board land. Rajesh Naik, Chief Town Planner, Goa, has revealed that around 2,093 acres of land was acquired for the Mopa airport, prior to the land acquisition at Dhargal.
This acquisition was driven by a request from the Goa Housing Board to include the land for the development of the project. The Mopa International airport would be developed in four phases.
The state government has spent Rs 240 crore for acquiring land, widening of roads, consultancy, and other related projects for the development of the airport. About 14 percent of phase 1 is complete, while the second phase is expected to begin once 80 percent of the traffic generated by the passengers was handled.
A team of 12 members for the development of Mopa airport has been set up by The Mopa Airport Development Authority (MADA). The land was commissioned as a ‘planning area’ in January 2018 by the Goa Govt. The area is comprised of parts of villages in Pernem including Mopa, Varconda, Casarvanem, Chandel, Uguem, and Amberem.