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Mopa airport: Government, GMR file reply on SC status quo

PANAJI: The state government and GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) filed a answer in the Supreme Court on Friday in the Mopa airport case. The case is more likely to come up on Monday.

On January 18, the Supreme Court had ordered the Goa government and GMR to care for a establishment at the development of the airport.

The apex courtroom issued the meantime order while hearing arguments on admission of 2 appeals filed by Hanumant Aroskar and the Federation of Rainbow Warriors, challenging the order of National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune.

The two petitioners had sought for a stay earlier than the Supreme Court over the felling of 55,000 bushes at Mopa, arguing that the environment have an effect on evaluate (EIA) record had most effective discussed in regards to the trees at the airport site.

In August 2018, the NGT bench had rejected their applications challenging the grant of environmental clearance for the greenfield airport.

The state government and GGIAL officers had breathed in reduction, mentioning that with the environmental clearance issue resolved, development of the airport could begin at a faster tempo.

The state government had just lately expressed confidence in regards to the new airport being commissioned by September 2020. Phase I of the airport venture, including the airport terminal development, is expected to be completed soon.

The proposed airport is being constructed at Mopa in Pernem taluka in a complete space of two,271 acres.

In December 2018, the state government notified the world greenfield airport at Mopa as a prohibited space. A central authority legitimate explained that the notification of an airport space as a limited zone was mandatory as per civil aviation pointers.

In the just lately concluded meeting session, chief minister Manohar Parrikar mentioned the Mopa venture may well be not on time because of the established order and the stay on tree-cutting ordered by the Supreme Court on January 18.

In a written respond to the legislative meeting, Parrikar mentioned development of phase I of the airport had commenced and that, as per the concession agreement with GMR, the airport was intended to be commissioned by September 2020.

The new airport can have the prospective to cater to over 30 million passengers per annum.

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