Developed jointly by the Goa government and Hyderabad-based conglomerate GMR, the greenfield airport located in North Goa district is expected to handle 30 million passenger traffic when fully operational.
One of the counsel representing GMR told the court that the matter was partly heard by a bench headed by Justice D. Y. Chandrachud and now it needs to be concluded as early as possible. The bench asked him to approach the presiding judge with his grievances.
Justice Chandrachud was part of the five-judge Constitution bench which had heard the Ayodhya land dispute case for 40 days and reserved the judgement.
On account of the status quo order of the Supreme Court, the construction of Mopa Airport has been stalled.
The first phase of the airport was expected to be completed in 2020. However, the Supreme Court had stopped work on-site after a petition alleged that thousands of trees were being illegally cut at the airport site by the developers.