Panaji, November, 9, 2016 … The Government of Goa on Tuesday 8th of november signed the concession agreement with GMR Airport Limited for developing of the Greenfield International Airport at Mopa in Pernem taluka.

The agreement was signed by Chief Minister of Goa, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar and the Chairperson of the Airports, GMR Group, Shri Srinivas Bommidala at a function held in Bambolim,in the presence of Smt. Nila Mohanan, IAS, Secretary, Civil Aviation, Shri Suresh Shanbhogue, Director, Directorate of Civil Aviation, Shri Rajendra Arlekar, Minister for Forest, Environment and Panchayat , Shri R Sheshan, CEO, GMR Goa International Airports Ltd. , Shri. Sidharth Kuncalienker, MLA of Panaji, Mauvin Godinho, MLA of Dabolim and others.  

The day also coincided with the completion of two years of the Government of Goa under the leadership of Chief Minister, Shri Laxmikant Parsekar. While speaking on the occasion, Shri Parsekar, said, “The signing of this agreement is a feather in the cap of my government’s achievements. The airport will be a boost to Goa’s economy, tourism and most importantly will create jobs for the locals.”

The Chief Secretary of Goa, Shri R.K Srivastava highlighted the state’s achievements and said, “Goa has seen rapid growth in physical and social infrastructure. The state has successfully hosted the Lusofonia Games, Defence Expo, BRICS Summit, BRICS football tournament, which has demonstrated what we have achieved in a short span of time.”

The Chairperson of the Airports, GMR Group, Shri Srinivas Bommidala said, “Our growth journey has been driven by a single minded focus of ‘Being the best, not necessarily the biggest’. This motto has found its way into how we conduct each part of our business.” Shri Bommidala spoke of how winning the bid for Mopa airport was a very significant milestone for them, “The win is as much a win for the state of Goa as it is for us. Bid processes for large PPP processes are fairly complicated. However, the leadership shown the Government of Goa in providing policy clarity and addressing concerns of the bidders was indeed exemplary.”

On the occasion, ‘Towards A New Horizon’, a short documentary film by Department of Information and Publicity highlighting the achievements of the Goa Government was screened.