The ongoing infrastructural work of the Mopa Greenfield International Airport being constructed in North Goa is 60% complete as on January 2022, and the first phase of the project is expected to be commissioned as per the August 15, 2022 deadline.
Coming out with this information, Director of Civil Aviation, Suresh Shanbhogue said that the work of the airport terminal building expansion is going on in full swing, while the runways and taxiways of the airport are almost complete, with final coats to be given to them. He also informed that a group of 30 trainees in the area of baggage screening – a highly-technical job – have been sent to Hyderabad, and would be trained for three months by a recognised institute.
Shanbhogue said that initial project cost for the airport, which stood at `1,900 crore, has now been revised to `2,615 crore, due to the cost and time overrun caused by environment-related court matters and the ongoing pandemic.
He also informed that more than 3,500 workers are now working in two shifts, to complete the airport project as per the deadline. The airport construction work was delayed by 634 days due to restraints by various courts and further faced a 90-day delay due to the pandemic