Goa Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) foresees an adverse impact on the state’s tourism after a new airport comes up across the border at Chippi in Maharashtra.
The internal bickering in the Congress-led Government and lethargy have severely affected the work on Goa’s proposed airport at Mopa, senior BJP leader Laxmikant Parsenkar said at a press conference.
The airport at Chippi, in coastal Sindhudurg district, would eat into Goa’s tourism pie and further affect the already struggling hospitality industry in the state, he said.
Goa Government has proposed an international airport at Mopa in Pernem taluka, for which the land acquisition process was going on. On the other hand, Maharashtra has laid the foundation stone for Chippi airport.
While Maharashtra Government has laid the foundation stone for the airport, Goa is yet to finish its land acquisition process. Its ironical situation, Parsenkar said.
Five years back, the Centre had cleared Mopa project but State Government kept on dilly-dallying because of the objection to the airport by Congress Ministers themselves, the BJP leader said.
If the Government does not expedite the Mopa airport, Chippi project would lead to diversion of tourists from North Goa to Konkan belt, thus affecting the state’s economy, he said.