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India’s Supreme Court lifts ban on new Goa International Airport

Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 21, 2020
A decisio by India’s Supreme Court has cleared the way for the construction of an international airport at Mopa in the southwest state of Goa.
Goa International Airport
Transport in India   The project proponent shall bear the costs, expenses and fees of NEERI
The project, which is being developed by India’s GMR Group, was suspended by the Supreme Court in March last year on environmental grounds, including the preservation of forests and airport’s impact on “natural water channels”.

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The court has lifted the suspension, subject to “numerous mitigatory conditions” and the acceptance of a supervisory body to ensure that the project complies with its environmental obligations. The decision says: “We direct the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute be appointed to oversee compliance with the directions cumulatively issued by this Court. The project proponent shall bear the costs, expenses and fees of NEERI.”

The project will now be taken forward by GMR Goa International Airport, a subsidiary of the GMR group. Environmental commitments made by GMR include making the airport zero carbon, and “maintaining the balance of sustainable development”.