North Goa News

Goa Police and Child Rights Commission organised training for PSIs on restorative care and justice for POCSO victims
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

The Office of Superintendent of Police (Training) and Child Rights Commission launched a series of training for Police Sub Inspectors at GO’s Training Hall in presence of Sanjith Rodrigues, Secretary, GSCPCR, Sucheta B. Dessai, SP (Training), Peter F. Borges, Chairperson, GSCPCR and Child Welfare Committee, North Goa, and South Goa. The training will reach out to more than 260 PSIs from 19-24th January 2023. Sexual crimes against children have captured the stage fraor quite some time now with Goa too has witnessing a surge in the recent times. Very low conviction rate exists in the state with several POCSO cases ending in acquittals. There exists also a grim reality of a gross failure to support and rehabilitate the victims and their families in terms of victim compensation too. As a result of this, there are instances of victims and their families turning hostile, stop cooperating and loosing hope, said Sanjith Rodrigues, Secretary, GSCPCR and Special Secretary, Home The training revolved around need for convergence between police and child protection system to ensure adequate support services for children as provided in POCSO Rules 2020.While it is important to secure punishment for the perpetrator, focus should also be laid on restorative care and justice, said Peter F. Borges, Chairperson, Goa State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, who led the training and called for multi-disciplinary approach on linking POCSO victims to the child protection system. He further stressed the need for curbing re-victimization which happens in the justice system process. Several factors and practices existing in the system makes the victim re-live the horrific experience, leading to further trauma due to their vulnerability. Esther Torres, Chairperson, CWC, North Goa, also highlighted the need to introspect and keep aside the persona biases which exist while handling the cases of child abuse. Adv. Viren Bhende, Member, CWC South Goa also spoke on the need for coordinated approach.

Goa Police and Child Rights Commission organised training for PSIs on restorative care and justice for POCSO victims
Man, minor son and daughter found dead in Goa
The Indian Express | 3 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
3 weeks ago | |

Two minor children were found dead at home while their father was later found hanging from a tree behind the house in North Goa district, police said on Sunday.Prime facie, it seems the man strangulated the children to death and then killed himself, Superintendent of Police (North) Nidhin Valsan told reporters.The bodies of the minor boy aged 14 and his eight-year-old sister were found in their house in Candolim village on Saturday night. Their mother was not at home when the children died, he said.“When the children did not open the door of the house, their mother opened it forcibly with the help of neighbours and found the children dead,” he said.The police received a call at around 10.30 pm on Saturday about the incident.The Calangute police then started searching for the children’s father who was untraceable since the kids were found dead, the official said.On Sunday morning, the man’s body was found hanging from a tree behind their house, Valsan said.The man was in his late 40s, another official said.“Prime facie, it looks like the father strangulated both the children to death and then killed himself,” Valsan said. An investigation is on into the incident, he added.

Man, minor son and daughter found dead in Goa
Go First starts flight operations from Goa’s second international airport
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

MOPA: Low cost airline Go First (formerly known as GoAir) started operations from Goa’s second international airport, the Manohar International Airport on Thursday. The airline’s first flight, G8 2123 departed from Mopa at 10:35am and landed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport Hyderabad.The airline will operate 42 non-stop weekly flights between Mopa and Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Nagpur and Chandigarh. The domestic airline also said that it will continue its operations from the Goa International airport at Dabolim. Go First said that the flights from the Manohar International Airport will further enhance its domestic connectivity with tier II cities. “It gives us immense pleasure to commence operations from this latest addition, Mopa to our domestic network,” said Kaushik Khona, the chief executive officer of Go First. “Although Goa is a preferred leisure destination, this network will facilitate convenient and seamless travel for locals along with tourists. While we continue to augment our operations, Go First is resolutely committed to providing customers a promising flying experience.” Go First’s maiden flight was inaugurated by Union minister for Tourism and Ports, Shipping and Waterways Shripad Yesso Naik in the presence of GMR Group officials.The new flight connectivity will also ease direct travel to North Goa.

Go First starts flight operations from Goa’s second international airport
  • IndiGo commences flight operations from Goa’s Manohar International Airport
  • Times of India

    PUNE: IndiGo on Thursday announced commencement of operations from Manohar International Airport in Mopa. "The operations commenced with direct flight between Hyderabad and Goa making it the 76th domestic and 102nd overall destination in its network," airline officials said.The will operate 168 weekly flights between Mopa and 8 domestic destinations like Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad right from the start at the first day of operations. The new network will cater to the increasing demand owing to the popularity of Goa as a preferred leisure travel destination and will provide more options to the customers, making travel more affordable and enhancing direct connectivity to north Goa. The present Dabolim Airport in south Goa will remain active and IndiGo would continue its existing operations there.Speaking on the occasion, Pieter Elbers, chief executive officer, IndiGo said, “We are excited and proud with this largest ever, new station opening for us at New North Goa International Airport in Mopa. It’s momentous for us at IndiGo to have such a massive opening and it speaks to our ambition and endeavor to provide connectivity, ease of accessibility and ever more options for our customers to one of the most visited tourist destinations of the country. We continue to stay true to our promise of affordable fares, on-time performance, courteous and hassle-free service, connecting people with places they love."First trial landing conducted at new Mopa international airport in GoaWatch First flight lands at Goa's Manohar International Airport

  • IndiGo commences flight operations from Goa’s Mopa airport
  • Times of India

    PUNE: IndiGo on Thursday announced commencement of operations from Manohar International Airport in Mopa. "The operations commenced with direct flight between Hyderabad and Goa making it the 76th domestic and 102nd overall destination in its network," airline officials said.#Goa: People dance at the new airport in Mopa as it starts domestic flight operations from today. #MopaAirport https://t.co/UYSXa9cVpa— TOI Goa (@TOIGoaNews) 1672890547000The will operate 168 weekly flights between Mopa and 8 domestic destinations like Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Jaipur, and Ahmedabad right from the start at the first day of operations. The new network will cater to the increasing demand owing to the popularity of Goa as a preferred leisure travel destination and will provide more options to the customers, making travel more affordable and enhancing direct connectivity to north Goa. The present Dabolim Airport in south Goa will remain active and IndiGo would continue its existing operations there.Speaking on the occasion, Pieter Elbers, chief executive officer, IndiGo said, “We are excited and proud with this largest ever, new station opening for us at New North Goa International Airport in Mopa. It’s momentous for us at IndiGo to have such a massive opening and it speaks to our ambition and endeavor to provide connectivity, ease of accessibility and ever more options for our customers to one of the most visited tourist destinations of the country. We continue to stay true to our promise of affordable fares, on-time performance, courteous and hassle-free service, connecting people with places they love."

Flights to Mopa likely to cost 25-75% more than to Dabolim
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

Panaji: Contrary to expectations of cheaper flights, flying to Manohar International Airport, appears to be more expensive than landing at Goa International Airport, Dabolim. Ahead of the long Republic Day weekend, flights to the Mopa airport (GOX) are 25-75% costlier than to Dabolim (GOI).The Mopa airport, which was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi on December 11, is set to commence operations from Thursday. From day-1, airfares from Delhi are marginally higher, with flights to Mopa starting at Rs 5,429, as against Rs 5,138 to Dabolim.On January 25, the cheapest flight from Delhi to Mopa is at Rs 8,350, while flights to Dabolim cost around Rs 6,655 per person. For the R-Day weekend, round trip flights from Delhi to Dabolim and back will cost Rs 15,909 per person. A similar trip for the same weekend but from the the Mopa airport will cost a minimum of Rs 17,412 per person.For perspective, tickets from New Delhi to Dabolim were priced at around Rs 10,500 for December 23 and 24, as against the usual fare of Rs 6,500.January 26, a public holiday, falls on a Thursday, and if one takes Friday off, it is easy to have a four-day weekend.For someone looking to fly from Bengaluru to Goa a day ahead of Republic Day, the flight to Dabolim will cost Rs 4,678 for a direct flight per person. To Mopa , the cheapest flight is Rs 5,375 per person. On a regular day, a flight ticket to Bengaluru from Goa costs Rs 3,500, but it was priced around Rs 7,200 in the run-up to the New Year weekend, which is considered peak time for Goa’s tourism sector.The new international airport, which is around 35km away from the state capital, is counting on its proximity to nightlife and the North Goa coastal belt to woo passengers. The GMR Group, which developed the airport at a cost of around Rs 2,870 crore, estimates that 70% of tourists coming to Goa head to the North Goa coastal belt.While Mopa may enjoy a locational advantage, it also has higher charges — there’s a user development fee (UDF) of Rs 450 on every outbound domestic flyer, and Rs 1,100 on every outbound international flyer.Flights to and from Goa are only set to soar further every year as the UDF increases. In June 2022, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) hiked Goa International Airport’s (GOI) aeronautical charges levied on airlines and the UDF, which is passed onto flyers.From April 1, 2023, to March 2024, fliers from Dabolim will have to pay a UDF of Rs 430 for domestic flights and Rs 760 for international ones. From financial year 2024-25, the UDF will increase to Rs 495 for domestic flights and Rs 825 for international flights. And in financial year 2025-26, the charges will be Rs 570 (domestic) and Rs 900 (international).

Flights to Mopa likely to cost 25-75% more than to Dabolim
Not a single Covid genome test report from Pune since December 1
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: While the directorate of health services has sent Covid-19 samples for genome sequencing to Pune laboratories since last month after it received an advisory from the Centre following an explosion of cases in China and emergence of BF.7 variant, it has not received a single report.The state’s reliance on outstation laboratories has not ended even as a genome sequencing machine was installed at North Goa district hospital more than a year ago. The facility has not been certified yet but likely to get it certified this month, said state epidemiologist Dr Prashant Suryavanshi.“Samples from South Goa are sent to a Pune laboratory directly, while that from North Goa are tested at the district hospital facility and then sent to Pune for confirmation as the lab is not yet certified,” he said. Goa had witnessed a similar scene after the first two waves and it got to know that the delta variant was the root cause of the second wave, months after the damage was done as the state did not receive test reports from NIV in time. Suryavanshi said that over the last month Goa has reported fewer Covid cases with the daily average being one or two and nil cases on some days. On Monday, the state reported a single case, while active cases were at 17.Meanwhile, as directed by the Centre 2% of the international passengers landing at Goa aiport are tested for Covid.

Not a single Covid genome test report from Pune since December 1
  • Not a single Covid genome test report from Pune since Dec 1
  • Times of India

    Panaji: While the directorate of health services has sent Covid-19 samples for genome sequencing to Pune laboratories since last month after it received an advisory from the Centre following an explosion of cases in China and emergence of BF.7 variant, it has not received a single report.The state’s reliance on outstation laboratories has not ended even as a genome sequencing machine was installed at North Goa district hospital more than a year ago. The facility has not been certified yet but likely to get it certified this month, said state epidemiologist Dr Prashant Suryavanshi.“Samples from South Goa are sent to a Pune laboratory directly, while that from North Goa are tested at the district hospital facility and then sent to Pune for confirmation as the lab is not yet certified,” he said. Goa had witnessed a similar scene after the first two waves and it got to know that the delta variant was the root cause of the second wave, months after the damage was done as the state did not receive test reports from NIV in time. Suryavanshi said that over the last month Goa has reported fewer Covid cases with the daily average being one or two and nil cases on some days. On Monday, the state reported a single case, while active cases were at 17.Meanwhile, as directed by the Centre 2% of the international passengers landing at Goa aiport are tested for Covid.

Over 90 mobiles recovered, 60 thieves held in North beach belt
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

PANAJI/CALANGUTE: As revellers thronged to the North Goa beach belt to ring in the New Year, almost 90 stolen mobile handsets — some worth over Rs 1 lakh each — were recovered by police. North Goa SP Nidhin Valsan said that around 60 thieves in all have been arrested over three days in the run-up to the New Year.A doctor’s phone worth Rs 1.40 lakh was also stolen while he attended a concert at Bambolim.The gang of thieves were found largely prowling on unsuspecting tourists in the crowded Calangute and Anjuna beach areas. Valsan said that besides the thefts, the New Year’s eve was largely free of any major incidents, and no loss of lives due to drunk driving were also reported.On the night of December 31, Chandrakant Narvekar, 27, from Durbhat, Ponda, was injured after his bike was hit at Parra by an unknown driver, driving in a rash and negligent manner. The driver fled from the scene.In another accident, on the Chogm Road, a vehicle from Karnataka was involved in a self-accident, after the driver lost control of the car and hit it against an electric pole.Mapusa SDPO Jivba Dalvi said that many mobiles were also stolen from the EDM venue at Vagator.As the complainants were mostly tourists, they did not wish to register FIRs. The tourists only took missing certificates so they could obtain new SIM cards and left the police stations with a request to recover their mobile phones.“The Anjuna police therefore registered an FIR on the behalf of the state, saying that from December 28 onwards at the Sunburn festival venue at Vagator unknown accused committed theft of mobile phones belonging to event attendees. During investigation, it was learnt that gangs of thieves were operating at Sunburn. Accordingly, various teams were formed under PI Prashal Dessai,” Dalvi said.Siraj Ahmed Shaikh, 38, from, Thana, Mumbai, was arrested and nine mobile phones of different brands were recovered from him.The accused confessed that he had purchased tickets to enter Sunburn venue to carry out thefts.This took the total number of mobile phones recovered from Anjuna ahead of the New Year to 40. Earlier, a mobile theft gang of 18 were arrested and are presently in police custody.“We will contact the mobile phone owners and return the handsets,” Dalvi said.Similarly, at Calangute, 12 persons suspected of having stolen mobile phones from tourists and others were arrested on New Year’s night, and 55 mobile phones worth around Rs 15 lakh were recovered from them.This brings to 29 the total number of mobile thieves arrested by Calangute police in the last few days.Calangute PI Dattaguru Sawant said that the 12 persons were found moving suspiciously on New Year’s night and were rounded up. “On questioning, they could not give satisfactory answers regarding their presence in the vicinity and also they could not justify the possession of mobile phones with them. They were placed under arrest and further inquiry is in progress,” he said. The suspects have been identified as Adil Malik Kazim, 30, and Mohammad Shabaz Manjuri, 27, both from Delhi, Arvind Gaikwad, 37, Ajay Jadhav, 40, Mumbai, Rehman Jalauddin Ansari, 21, Nasir Shaikh, 34, all from Mumbai, Murli Singh, 19, from Uttar Pradesh, Rashid Mulla, 21, a resident of Assagao, Mazid Miah, 29, Meneraf Mulla, 19, Kharijun Islam Mulla, 34, Santu Mulla, 22, all residents of Calangute, and natives of West Bengal.Earlier, on Friday five persons from Karnataka had been arrested by Calangute police and mobile phones worth Rs 5 lakh recovered from them, one day after a 12-member gang from Maharashtra had been busted and phones and two cars worth Rs 45 lakh recovered from them.Also, scooter thefts on December 29 and 30 were reported in Canacona, Margao, Mapusa and Pernem.

Over 90 mobiles recovered, 60 thieves held in North beach belt
Goa police set up centralised monitoring system to ensure safety during revelry
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

PANAJI: Director general of police, Jaspal Singh, on Saturday appealed to people to follow the lane system while driving or riding, to avoid parking their vehicles in an obstructive way and to avoid drunken driving to ensure safe celebrations during the New Year revelry. A central monitoring and command system was set up by the police connecting 500 personnel of the police, traffic police and fire and emergency services to ensure security and safety during the celebrations. North Goa beach belt sees visitors flocking there by the thousands to celebrate New Year.“We have launched a special operation. We have set up a centralised monitoring and command system, with which we can monitor all our staff on the field. Apart from police, fire and emergency services and traffic police are also part of the system. We can use the system to monitor and also to record any incidents. It helps us deploy to staff to areas where they are needed,” said North Goa SP Nidhin Valsan.Singh said that though the police have taken all precautions, the public should also behave responsibly. “We have been planning for some time to ensure that the New Year’s Eve passes off peacefully. Extra staff has been mobilised from all other units and a central pool has been created, so that non-essential units can contribute to the pool and both SPs have been given powers to ensure that there is adequate deployment in the high footfall areas, especially in the coastal areas of North and South district,” said Singh. Anti-terrorist squad as well as two teams to check on unattended packages were also deployed.“People should follow the lane system and nobody should park their vehicles in an obstructive way,” Singh said.

Goa police set up centralised monitoring system to ensure safety during revelry
Oppn doubts Naik’s intention, says resignation will not help
Times of India | 4 weeks ago | |
Times of India
4 weeks ago | |

Margao: North Goa MP Shripad Naik’s statement about his willingness to resign if needed over Mhadei has led to some sharp reactions from the opposition parties.Congress’ South Goa MP Fransisco Sardinha said resignation won’t help matters. “Resigning will not spur anyone to do anything. I will fight by remaining within. I will fight till we achieve our goal,” Sardinha said, urging the chief minister to lead an all party delegation to the Centre and to include him in it. Congress functionary Amarnath Panjikar tweeted, “Responding to LoP@Yurialemao9 proposal of resignation of all 40 MLA today North Goa MP @shripadynaik has expressed his willingness to resign if Centre does not listen to Goa's demands on Mhadei. Are you ready to resign for your Mother Mhadei Mr CM @DrPramodPSawant?”Goa Forward Party’s reaction was rather caustic. A tweet from its official handle read, “According to @DrPramodPSawant and @BJP4Goa, @shripadynaik ’s decision is absurd and foolish. Resign for #Mhadei? Unthinkable! There are 4 more years to loot and much more wealth in #Goa to sell! As the captain of betrayers, clutching on to the chair is the natural thing to do.”Meanwhile, leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao said that in view of the meeting convened by the chief minister of all MLAs at 4pm on Monday on the Mhadei issue, all opposition MLAs will meet at 2pm the same day to decide on the stand to be taken over the matter. “Our lifeline needs to be protected at any cost,” Alemao said.

Oppn doubts Naik’s intention, says resignation will not help
12 gang members held for theft of phones, 41 mobiles worth Rs 30 lakh seized in Goa
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: Goa police on Thursday busted an inter-state gang of mobile phone thieves and arrested 12 persons, and seized 41 phones worth Rs 30 lakh from the accused. Narcotic substances have also been seized from the accused.During interrogation, the accused confirmed that there were more persons involved in the crime, following which a police team left to other states to trace the other accused.“A team of Calangute police arrested an inter-state gang of 12 persons from Maharashtra. They had come to Goa two-three days ago with the sole intention of targeting tourists at the Sunburn music festival as well as to take advantage of the rush of visitors in the state. It is a large gang, so we are trying to find out about their antecedents through our records,” North Goa superintendent of police (SP) Nidhin Valsan said. “Their main target was to steal branded mobile phones. We have recovered 41 such phones, the maximum of which comprise iPhones. We have also seized the vehicle in which the accused had travelled to Goa. We are also finding out whether they are involved in any other crime. When we interrogated them, we also recovered eight grams of MDMA,” he said.The North Goa SP said that the accused have revealed that they attempted to sneak into the Sunburn festival venue by purchasing tickets from others. Police said that the accused were staying at two hotels in Baga. “We received information through intelligence about their whereabouts. Thereafter, we analysed CCTV footage and tracked their movements, and with further efforts, we were able to apprehend them from the Baga-based hotels,” Valsan said.“Since the police have also recovered drugs, we assume that they might be also involved in drug peddling. They are actually a criminal gang, so they are into mobile robbery and drug peddling as well,” Valsan said. Police had received a complaint from Jitesh Mehta, a resident of Pune, Maharashtra stating that his mobile phone had been snatched by an unknown person. Acting upon the complaint, Calangute police personnel proceeded in search of the person, and upon verifying CCTV footage, the accused was traced at Calangute. The mobile phone of the complainant was also recovered from the accused who were arrested.

12 gang members held for theft of phones, 41 mobiles worth Rs 30 lakh seized in Goa
Collector bans religious work by Siolim pastor
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

PANAJI: North Goa collector Sanjeev C G Dessai on Thursday banned all religious activities by a pastor of a Believers’ sect, Domnic D’Souza, and his wife Joan, at their institutional building at Siolim. The move was aimed at curbing religious conversions by means of allurement or fraud that could ultimately affect a person’s freedom of religion and conscience. Domnic was arrested in May this year based on a complaint that he was carrying out “forcible religious conversions”. He was subsequently granted conditional bail. The collector, in his Thursday order, said that as per the North Goa SP, Domnic and Joan were carrying out religious activities in other parts of the state as well by way of preaching to public gatherings in the name of prayer and healing.Numerous other offences have been registered against the couple, according to the SP, including those pertaining to serious law and order issues in Siolim where residents and some activists had agitated against the activities being conducted at the Five Pillars Christian Church.The SP also informed that Domnic and Joan have a communal background and said that the Supreme Court had recently observed that religious conversions by means of force, allurement or fraud may ultimately affect national security and freedom of religion and conscience of citizens.“They are carrying out religious activities within premises that are under their control, which raised communal tension in the village, as sources and locals are alleging that Joan and Domnic are involved in religious conversions by means of allurement or fraud,” the collector’s order stated.

Collector bans religious work by Siolim pastor
PM Modi inaugurates first phase of Mopa International Airport in Goa, names it after former CM Manohar Parrikar
The Indian Express | 1 month ago | |
The Indian Express
1 month ago | |

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday inaugurated the first phase of the greenfield international airport at Mopa in North Goa, during his visit to the coastal state.Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that the new airport would be named Manohar International Airport as a tribute to former Goa Chief Minister (late) Manohar Parrikar.The state-of-the-art airport in Mopa will significantly improve connectivity as well as boost tourism in Goa. https://t.co/rY9M4OY6Z5— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 11, 2022While addressing the gathering, PM Modi said: “I am happy that this airport terminal has been named after my dear friend Manohar ji, Manohar ji will now be in the memory of everyone who comes here through this airport.”He also targeted the previous governments, saying they had adopted a vote bank approach for decades instead of finding what people needed in terms of public amenities.Mentioning that the airport was planned when the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government was in power, PM Modi said that successive governments, however, neglected the work. “When our government came to power in 2014, it worked fast for this. I myself laid its foundation stone and today this airport is in front of all of you.”He further stated: “Today, the country is working with modern thinking and we can see its results. After independence, air travel was limited to big cities but we have connected it to small cities. About 72 new airports have been built in the country in the last eight years.”Claiming that India has become the third-largest aviation market in the world today, the Prime Minister said: “The manner in which the UDAN scheme made air travel easier for the middle class, should actually be a subject of research by a university. When the power of a country increases, the world will be more attracted towards it.”The Mopa airport in North Goa is the second international airport in the coastal state apart from the existing airport at Dabolim, which is operated as a city enclave from Indian naval air station INS Hansa, news agency PTI reported. The foundation stone for the airport at Mopa was laid by PM Modi in 2016.The first phase of the airport will be able to handle 44 lakh passenger movement every year.(With inputs from PTI)

PM Modi inaugurates first phase of Mopa International Airport in Goa, names it after former CM Manohar Parrikar
  • PM Narendra Modi inaugurates Manohar International Airport in Goa
  • Times of India

    PANAJI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening inaugurated the new international airport at Mopa which has been named after former Goa chief minister and ex-defence minister Manohar Parrikar. The prime minister laid a strong emphasis on boosting connectivity in the country, saying that Goa's second airport will boost connectivity and spur further economic development. We are working on resolving traffic issues in #Goa and on promoting heritage tourism in the state. Happy that the s… https://t.co/3bT7g6vxSM— TOI Goa (@TOIGoaNews) 1670765818000Modi laid the foundation stone of the airport in November 2016. The Manohar International Airport is built on 2,132 acres, of which 232 acres are earmarked for city-side development for commercial purposes. The configuration of the airside facilities and terminal facilities is done based on traffic projections. The expansion of the airport will be as per future requirements. The ultimate capacity of the privately operated airport is around 33 MPPA traffic. The current passenger handling capacity of Dabolim airport is 8.5 MPPA (million passengers per annum). When the Manohar Parrikar airport starts operation on January 5 it will be able to handle 4.4 MMPA, which takes Goa's total passenger handling capacity to around 13 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 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 airport promotes local artisans by creating a designated area for a flea market under Prakal Initiative the airport operator. The Manohar International Airport aims to be a Zero Carbon Footprint airport.

  • PM Modi to inaugurate Mopa international airport in Goa
  • The Indian Express

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the first phase of the international airport at Mopa in Goa on Sunday during his visit to the coastal state, where he will also address the valedictory function of the World Ayurveda Congress, officials said.He will also virtually inaugurate a host of other projects, including the All India Institute of Ayurveda in North Goa’s Dhargal, the National Institute of Unani medicine in Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) and the National Institute of Homeopathy in Delhi’s Narela, they said.The Goa Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said that the prime minister will address the World Ayurveda Congress event at 2 pm.At 4 pm, he will commission the first phase of the Mopa intenational airport, where state Governor P S Sreedharan Pillai, Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Steel Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of state for Ports, Shipping and waterways Shripad Naik, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant will be present, it said.The airport at Mopa in North Goa, being built at a cost of Rs 2,870 crore, will be the second facility in the state in addition to the existing airport at Dabolim.The airport will have the capacity to handle 44 lakh passengers per annum in the first phase and it will go up to one crore passengers per annum after the completion of the entire project, the officials said.The existing Dabolim Airport has the capacity to handle 85 lakh passengers in a year, but it does not have the facility for cargo transportation, which is there at the new airport.