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Airport issues discussed
dabolim airport goa
The airport advisory committee, comprising local MLAs, tourism stakeholders airport and district officials, met at the Dabolim airport on Saturday afternoon to discuss various issues affecting the airport and travellers. The meeting was chaired by South Goa MPFrancisco Sardinha.
Topping the list of issues was the exorbitant rates charged by taxis and the need to regulate the operators. The lack of other means of transport and a proposal to introduce coach services from the airport to major cities in Goa were also discussed.
Members also stressed the need to have a grade separator/flyover at the airport junction to ease traffic.
Airport officials spoke on the need to immediately identify land for parking of buses and coaches. They also want an integrated solution to the garbage problem around the airport, in order to reduce bird strikes and to curb the dog and stray cattle problem.
The panel decided to hold a joint inspection to identify and tackle problem areas. The inspection will also be held to facilitate the shifting of passenger operations to the new terminal building nearing completion.
The meeting was attended by Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho, Vasco MLA Carlos Almedia, airport director M Suresh, TTAG vice-president Savio Messias, Goa hoteliers and restaurant association president Gaurish Dhond and South Goa district administration and police officials.
The airport authority employees union also submitted a representation to the MP. It fears the denial of land for parking and other essential facilities could be ultimately used as an excuse to shut down the airport. They have asked Sardinha to intervene to make their employment secure.