Villagers oppose new airport project in Goa

PTI Panaji | Updated on March 27, 2011

A farmers' committee fighting against the proposed greenfield airport at village Mopa in north Goa today said that about 15,000 people would be affected by the project.

The Mopa Airport-Affected Farmers' Committee members told reporters that almost 15,000 people were getting affected with the airport project.

“There is vast plantation of different crops that brings annual income of Rs 80 crore for 15,000 people who are dependent on these hills for livelihood,” Mr Sandip Kambli, MAAFC Secretary, said.

He said that the villagers have decided to oppose any government attempts to acquire their land for the airport, which offers no benefit to the State and locals in particular.

“International guidelines for airports suggest that distance between two projects should not be less than 150 km but the existing Dabolim airport is only about 40 km from Mopa,” Mr Kambli pointed out.

Besides, a new airport is also being planned at Chipi in Sindhudurg (Maharashtra) which is about 80 km from Mopa, he added.

Mr Kambli said that land worth Rs 1,500 crore has been earmarked for acquisition for the airport project.

Published on March 27, 2011

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