Stunning pictures of the Mopa International Airport to be inaugurated by PM Modi
New Delhi, Dec 10: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Mopa International Airport in Goa on December 11.The foundation stone of the airport was also laid by the Prime Minister in November 2016. This will be the second airport in Goa, the first one being located at Dabolim. Mopa airport offers several upgrades over the Dabolim airport.
PM Modi has laid a strong emphasis on boosting connectivity in the country and this was reflected through the significant focus of the government on development of airports across the country, a release from the government read.
Current handling capacity:
The current passenger handling capacity of Dabolim airport is 8.5 MPPA (million passengers per annum). With Mopa airport coming into operation, the total passenger handling capacity will become around 13 MPPA. Also, taking into account the full expansion capacity, the airports in Goa have the potential to increase from around 10.5 to 43.5 MPPA.
The Dabolim airport offers direct connections with 15 domestic and 6 international locations. Through Mopa airport, these will increase to 35 domestic and 18 international locations.
Also, while there was no night parking facility at Dabolim airport, Mopa airport has provision for night parking facility as well. Moreover, while there was no cargo terminal at Dabolim, the Mopa airport will have the facility with a handling capacity of 25,000 MT.
The Mopa International Airport is located in Pernem taluka, North Goa, 35 kilometres north of Panaji, the capital of Goa. The airport is slated to be one of the 15 hubs along the trans-Atlantic, Mediterranean, trans Pacific flight paths.
Cost of construction:
The airport has been developed at a cost of Rs 2,870 crore. It has been built on the theme of sustainable infrastructure and has solar power plant, green buildings, rain water harvesting, state of the art sewage treatment plant, LED lights on the runways among other facilities.
Best in the class technology:
The airport boasts of best in the class technology such as 3-D Monolithic Precast buildings, StabilRoad, Robomatic Hollow precast walls, and 5G compatible IT infrastructure.
Doubling the number of airports in just eight years:
The number of operational airports in the country has almost doubled from 74 to over 140 since 2014. The government plans to develop and operationalise 220 airports in the next 5 years.
The PM’s initiative:
Prime Minister has led this initiative from the front, inaugurating and laying the foundation stone of various airports.
Airports to boost connectivity:
- In Nov 2022, PM inaugurated greenfield airport 'Donyi Polo Airport, Itanagar' in Arunachal Pradesh
- In July 2022, PM inaugurated Deoghar Airport, which provides direct air connectivity to Baba Baidyanath Dham
- In Nov 2021, PM laid foundation stone of the Noida International Airport in Jewar, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Uttar Pradesh
- In Oct 2021, PM inaugurated Kushinagar International Airport where he said "Kushinagar International Airport is a tribute to the devotion of Buddhist society around the world"