==विमानतळास नागरी विमानळ करण्यासाठीची चळवळ==
There has been a demand in local political circles for the restoration of Dabolim's civilian status by relocating the Indian Navy' air station to an airfield in the new [[INS Kadamba]] naval base at [[Karwar]], 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of Dabolim in the adjoining state of [[कर्नाटक|Karnataka]]. However, the Indian Navy's top officers in Goa have hinted that the investment at Dabolim naval air station is 750 Crores and that it would be impossible to replicate this at Karwar.<ref name="Goa_Plus_Article">D'Cunha C. "Room for more flights at Dabolim: Adm.Mehta". ''Goa Plus'' (''[[The Times of India]]'' supplement). 5 January 2007</ref>
In early 2007, there were reports of a concerted move by the Navy, the AAI, and the state of Karnataka to extend the runway planned at the naval base at Karwar to 2,500 metres (8,200 ft) to accommodate [[Airbus A320]]s and to acquire 75 extra hectares for this purpose.<ref>[http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=23471 Government Exploring Possibilities opening of Karwar Airport for Civilian Air Services] Press Information Bureau Government of India</ref> However there have been no corresponding plans announced so far to relocate flight training from Dabolim to this airport or any other more convenient place. Meanwhile plans for the naval air station at Karwar have been put on the back-burner.
Years ago the Navy accorded its approval to the civil aviation ministry's plans to locate a greenfield airport at Mopa in the northernmost tip of Goa. At the same time, the civil aviation ministry moved a resolution in March 2000 whereby Dabolim civil enclave would close once Mopa airport came on stream. The resolution was passed by the Union Cabinet. But opposition to such a prospect for historical and practical reasons, which was dormant since mid-2000, grew virulent in mid-2005 when ICAO submitted a report about the plans for the new Mopa "international" airport. It was felt that it would result in the closure of Dabolim civil enclave by default or by design.