Panaji, Jan 27 (FN Representative) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday told state assembly that 1500 jobs are expected to be available once Mopa airport becomes operational. In a written reply in response to a questioned tabled by Fatorda MLA Vijay Sardesai, the Chief Minister, who also holds civil aviation portfolio, said as on date 26 Goans have been recruited directly under GMR Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL) while number of Goans presently working at construction site of Mopa Airport is 479. ‘Clause 5.9 of the Concession Agreement envisages obligations relating to employment of people of Goa and displaced family. More than 1500 jobs are expected to be available once the airport becomes operational.
Government has already approved setting up Aviation Skill Development Centre by GMR at the airport site to impart skills/training to Goan unemployed youth to become eligible for such jobs,’ he said. ‘Mopa Airport construction work is in progress and first phase is expected to be commissioned in the year 2022,’ he said.