Modi to lay foundation stone for airport in Goa tomorrow

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit the coastal state of Goa tomorrow to lay the foundation stone for two projects, namely Greenfield airport in North Goa and Tuem Electronic city. Modi is also scheduled to address a public meeting at 10 AM tomorrow.

The Goa government has already signed a concessional agreement with Bengaluru based GMR Airports. The first phase of the airport is expected to be commissioned in the financial year 2019-20.

"The Mopa airport is the first airport to be privatised in India after over a decade with the last bid process having been completed in May 2006," Srinivas Bommidala, Chairman-Airports, GMR Group said after signing the concessional agreement last week.

"Even though Goa has been witnessing unprecedented growth over the past 3-4 years and crossed the 5 million tourist mark last year, we believe that Goa harbours a significantly higher potential and having a dedicated 24-hour operational civil airport will unlock the latent tourism potential of the state," he said.

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