Work on the proposed international Mopa airport will commence in November 2016, while the government has shortlisted four companies under the Request for Proposal (RFP) process that started earlier this month, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar informed the Goa legislative assembly in a written reply on Monday.
Four companies shortlisted for the RFP process are M/s GMR Airports Ltd, Airports Authority of India (AAI), M/s Essel Infra projects Ltd, and M/s GVK Airport Developers Private Ltd. One of the parties, which had applied, has moved the court as RFP was not issued to it. The RFP was issued in January and the last date for submission of financial bid is May 16, 2016. “Construction work is likely to be started in November 2016 and the first phase is likely to be commissioned in the year 2019,” said Parsekar, in his reply. The government was looking at June-July 2016 to commence the work. The total expenditure incurred so far on consultancy work is 1,823.53 lakh.
The project received an environmental clearance from the ministry of environment and forest (MoEF) in October 2015.