Goa’s new Airport at Mopa in Pernem was inaugurated on December 11th but
even after four months the authorities have failed to get the fundamentals
in place. The confusion and controversy began with the goof up in the very
naming of the Airport.  Inaugurating the airport, the Prime Minister named
it as Manohar International Airport. While the general impression was that
it was named after Manohar Parrikar, it did not deter former Pernem MLA
Manohar Azgaonkar from being elated thinking that it was named after him.
Why couldn’t the authorities get the name right in the first place to avoid
the huge expenditure that will be incurred on the new signages all over
that will now be required?

Amidst the administrative mess that Goa is grappling with, the government
has not been able to yet resolve even the taxi issue at the Mopa Airport.
Having promised taxi permits on priority to those who have lost land in
making way for this airport, the authorities must ensure that they don’t
renege on that pledge.

A fully functional MOPA Airport is still pie in the sky with several key
aspects still outstanding and errors that need rectifying at huge expense
to the taxpayer. The upgrading of infrastructure around the airport and
beyond to avoid unnecessary congestion is still outstanding.

It would be prudent for the government to learn the lessons from the
administrative mishaps that have occurred in this Airport project to ensure
that they are not repeated in other ventures that are contemplated. All
acts of governance should be with transparency and accountability as corner
Adv. Aires Rodrigues

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