2005-07-27 06:47:18 UTC
In "The big squeeze at IGI Airport [Delhi]", the report starts by saying
"Any city hoping to be a world-class capital cannot do without a
state-of-the-art airport". Goa as a citistate which aspires to an
internationally attractive quality of life may want to keep this firmly in
mind as well. Delhi however is currently resembling am overcrowded railway
station according to the TOI report. Surprisingly this was not the plan.
There is about 3500 acres of unutilised land the master plan for which (yes
it includes a golf course) has ironically "not taken off". More damnably,
AAI is said to be sitting on a surplus of Rs 3500 crores which could have
been used for airport upgrades everywhere including Delhi [and Goa?].
2. HERALD, July 27, '05. "Mopa draft proposal discussed". The Mopa project
steering committee headed by the CM discussed a draft of the
techno-economic feasibility study undertaken by a French agency named only
as ADCI. Officials of the ICAO, Montreal, the consultants to the project
appointed some two years ago were also said to be present. There is no
reference at all in the report to the sensational May 27 news report in
Indian Express about the ICAO's proposal to make Mopa an A380 ready airport
by 2014. Instead there is again a mention of the planned (2-3 km) rail link
and hence a need to co-opt KRC into the steering committee. Thankfully, the
report makes no mention of "international" in describing Mopa airport!
3. HERALD, July 27, '05. "Rains hit air, road traffic".
This report talks about the disruption of flights on July 26 due to the
torrential rains in Mumbai. As a result "at least 800-900 passengers" were
stranded in Goa. It seems flights (of Jet Airways) from other destinations
that were headed for Mumbai were also diverted to Goa. A total of six
aircraft ended up being parked at Goa on Tuesday night. International
flights were turned away 9e.g. to Ahmedabad) because of lack of parking
space. The report anticipated problems for today's (Wed) two incoming
flights in the morning at Dabolim.