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Dabolim Airport to handle 11.22 million passengers by 2020-21, AAI tells Union Ministry

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Panaji: The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has informed Union Ministry that the Dabolim International Airport is expected to handle 11.22 million passengers by 2020-21 as such it proposes extension of the existing integrated terminal building and the apron.
The AAI which has approached the Union Ministry for Environment and Forest (MoEF’s) Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for grant of ‘Terms of Reference’ (TOR) for the project, is directed to conduct public hearing as part of the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) study.
The project proponent- AAI and the accredited Consultant M/s GREENCINDIA Consulting Pvt Ltd has submitted its proposal to the EAC that proposes extension of existing integrated terminal building towards East of the Airport by demolition of Old  terminal building, internal modification of existing integrated terminal building and extension of existing Apron towards the East to facilitate No 3 code C
Aircrafts parking.
“As per the current traffic data, the Dabolim Airport at Goa handled 6.85 million passengers in 2016-17. The existing integrated terminal building which handles both domestic and international passengers is
near saturated,” the AAI said.
“Therefore it is proposed to expand the facility to cater to the passengers’ convenience in future growth of Goa Airport. The Airport is expected to handle 11.22 million passengers by 2020-21,” AAI informed further.
EAC while recommending grant of TOR has asked the project proponent to conduct the public hearing for preparing the EIA. The Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) is the entrusted authority for conducting the hearing. “Public hearing is to be conducted and issues raised and commitments made by the project proponents on the same should be included in EIA report in the form of tabular chart with financial budget for complying with the commitments made,” EAC recommended.

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