The bidding process for the Navi Mumbai airport, which the government hopes would be operational by 2019, is set to be delayed with the consortium of Volputas Developers (Hiranandani Group) and Zurich airport getting security clearance from the government.
The security clearance from the government makes Volputas eligible, along with GMR, GVK and MIA Infrastructure, a consortium of Tata Realty and Vinci Airports International SA, to bid for the project.
“The September deadline for submission of request of proposal documents will now have to be revised,” said a civil aviation ministry official.
The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is the nodal agency for the airport project, originally planned to be completed by 2014. CIDCO was expected to award the contract for the green field airport project, located in Mumbai’s Kopra-Panvel area, by the end of this year, which too may be delayed now.
The Mumbai airport is faced with severe capacity constraint adding to the urgency for a second airport in the city.
Alarmed by the capacity constraint at Mumbai airport, the aviation ministry wants the redevelopment plan of the Juhu airport fast-tracked, as reported by HT on June 7. The plan includes extending the Juhu airport runway 650 meters into the sea to ease congestion. The aviation ministry has directed the Airports Authority of India to appoint a consultant to carry out a study on the feasibility of the plan. Government hopes the redeveloped Juhu airport can cater to private jet and small turboprop planes, which constitute around 15% of Mumbai airport’s total operations.
The Navi Mumbai airport will initially handle 10 million passengers rising to 60 million by 2030. It will be able to host new-generation aircraft like the A380 and Boeing 747-8.