Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has inaugurated the first phase of the Greenfield International Airport in Mopa, North Goa, which was built at a cost of about Rs. 2,870 crore. The foundation stone for the airport was laid by the PM in November 2016.
- It is Goa’s second international airport, besides the existing airport at Dabolim, Goa.
As an honor to the late Goa Chief Minister (CM) Manohar Parrikar, the airport will be named as the ‘Manohar International Airport’.
The inauguration of the Mopa Airport was also attended by Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister of Goa; P. S. Sreedharan Pillai, Governor of Goa; Jyotraditya Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation; and Shripad Yesso Naik, Union Minister of Port, Shipping, and Waterways.
About Mopa Airport:
i.The first phase of Mopa Airport will serve about 4.4 million passengers per year (MPPA), with a saturation capacity of 33 MPPA.
- As a result, Goa has established itself as the ideal representation of a 100% saturation model.
ii.It features a solar power plant, green buildings, LED lights on the runway, and rainwater harvesting, among other facilities, and was built with the theme of sustainable infrastructure.
- The airport is also intended to help Goa’s socioeconomic development by meeting the needs of the tourism industry.
PM Addresses Valedictory Function Of 9th World Ayurveda Congress in Goa
During his visit to Goa, PM Narendra Modi addressed the valedictory ceremony of the 9th World Ayurveda Congress (WAC). The theme of the 9th WAC & Arogya Expo was “Ayurveda for One Health.”
- The first WAC was held in 2002 at Kochi, Kerala.
- The World Ayurveda Foundation established the World Ayurveda Congress (WAC) as a platform to promote ayurveda in its purest form around the world.
PM also inaugurated 3 National Ayush Institutes – All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Goa, and virtually inaugurated National Institute of Unani Medicine (NIUM), Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) and National Institute of Homoeopathy (NIH), Delhi from Goa.
- These institutes, which were built at a cost of around Rs 970 crore, will enhance student enrollment by 400 and add 500 hospital beds.
Recent Related News:
i.In November 2022, Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant launched the logo of ‘Purple Fest’ at an event held in Manohar Parrikar Memorial Hall of Sanjay Centre for Education in Porvorim, Goa.
ii.The Three-day event will start in January, 2023 and it will be organized every year in Goa along the lines of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Purple fest is organised for the first time for persons with disabilities.
Chief Minister (CM) – Pramod Sawant
Governor – P. S. Sreedharan Pillai
National Park – Mollem National Park
Zoological Park – Bondla Zoological Park