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Goa to be developed as cargo hub, says Prabhu

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The Central government, in collaboration with the state government and private partners, is working on promoting Goa as a tourism destination as well as a cargo hub, according to Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu.
 
Addressing mediapersons at Dabolim Airport yesterday after the inspection of ongoing renovation work, Mr Prabhu said that, with Mopa airport scheduled to commence operations by September 2020, the state will have two airports capable of handling passenger traffic up to 30 million.
 
Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik, State Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte and Transport Minister Sudin Dhavalikar were also present on the occasion.
 
Mr. Prabhu said renovation work worth Rs 300 crore is going on at Dabolim airport. He said that, by July, a new multi-layer parking complex will become operational. At Dabolim airport, one counter will be allocated to Goa Tourism Department to operate taxi services and another to the state government for sale of local products, souvenirs, and vegetables.
 
Cargo transportation facility will help farmers access the international market, he said.
 
Under the Skill Development and Startup India initiative, Civil Aviation Ministry is in talks with the representatives of World Bank and other major institutions to promote Goa as a market destination, he added.
 
Major airlines including Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa are interested to be part of such efforts in India. There is a huge job requirement in civil aviation ministry and other sectors also. These initiatives are imperative for the overall development of the State.
 
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