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Cidco hopes to begin work on Navi Mumbai airport by April next


Mumbai:  It will take another year for Cidco to select the final bidder for the ambitious Rs 15,000-crore Navi Mumbai International Airport as the RFQs submitted by them are still pending at the project management committee (PMC) level.

“We have already shortlisted four bidders which are being scrutinised by the PMC. By next April, we will be able to select the final bidder,” an official at Cidco, which is the nodal implementing agency for the proposed airport, told PTI here over the weekend.

Cidco had invited the global tenders for request for qualification (RFQ) on February 5, 2014.

He said once the PMC completes the scrutiny, it will submit the report to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and then it will go to the Aviation Ministry.

“Once we get the clearance from the Ministry, we will invite financial bids and by April 2016 the bidder will be selected and work will start,” the official said.

Earlier, Cidco had said it would invite financial bids or requests for proposal (RFPs) by August this year and the final bidder would be selected by October.

Cidco received nine bids out of which four have been shortlisted. The four companies include GMR Group, the GVK-led MIAL, Hiranandani Developers along with Zurich Airport and Mia Infrastructure with Tata Realty and Infrastructure.

MIAL, which operates the Mumbai international airport, has the first right of refusal of the project. If the rival developer’s bid is within 10 per cent of the one quoted by MIAL, then the GVK group company has the option to increase its bid and win the contract.

The government intends to start the first flight from the airport in 2019.

“We have already started the ground work for the airport. We are inviting bids for hill cutting. We believe the airport will be commissioned by 2019,” the official said.

In the first phase, the airport will have a capacity to handle 10 million passengers per annum, and by final phase it will be able to handle 60 million passengers per annum by 2030.

At present, MIAL’s capacity is 40 million, which is almost saturated already.

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