A new international airport at Mopa in North Goa is going to be developed on a public privet partnership (PPP) basis. The airport will start its operation by 2016. The Central government approved the project in June 2010. A New York based firm Ammann & Whitney was appointed as the technical consultant in April 2011.
A small state like Goa has already an airport called Dabolim airport. The airport is maintained by the Indian Navy. According to the activists, no study has been conducted by the government whether a second airport is really needed in a tiny state like Goa. However, according to the Chief Minister of Goa, the increasing air passenger traffic, combined with military restrictions on timing and access to areas of present airport at Dabolim had forced both the central as well as the State Government to start another airport in north Goa.
The plateau where the airport is proposed has 40 lakh cashew trees, thousands of fruit bearing trees and abundant water. Hence, Locals of Mopa are against the proposed Mopa airport, claiming that they would lose their homes, plantations and their livelihood. A group of affected farmers have formed the ‘Mopa Vimantal Pidit Shetkari Saghtana under the leadership of Sandeep Kambli, Hanumant Aroskar and Digambar Tulaskar to fight for their cause. Locals claim that the proposed Greenfield international airport in Mopa is nothing but a ploy by politicians cutting across political lines to push real estate business.
Resolutions adopted by a large gathering at Lohia Maidan in Margao on May 15, 2013 against the Mopa airport had been forwarded to the Chief Minister with a request to immediately stop land acquisition proceess, and to announce Dabolim as the only civilian airport for the State.
The total investment for the airport is $ 608,894,192.07 (Rs. 3800 Crore )(See less)