Evaluation of bids for city-side development
Amritsar International Airport
Evaluation of bids from private sector companies for the
city-side development of Amritsar International Airport in Punjab is under way,
a senior official of Key Infrastructure Development Group, Airports Authority of
India, told Projectmonitor. Whereas no official date has been declared for
announcing the results and proceeding to invite requests for qualification, the
same is expected over the next few weeks.
The government received 23 bids from private companies for the project till
January 14, the last date of submission, and bids were opened for evaluation on
January 16, 2008. The incumbent developer or consortium will be entrusted with
maintenance of terminal building, development and operation of cargo facilities
and city-side development of the airport. AAI will, however, be in charge of
critical activities like air traffic control, security etc.
Some bidders in the race include IVRCL Infrastructures, GMR Infrastructure,
Lanco Infratech, Larsen & Toubro, Atlanta, DS Constructions, Maytas
Infrastructure, GVK Group and SREI Infrastructure. Most of the bidders have
formed consortia, some with international players.
Meanwhile, AAI was scheduled to close bidding on January 24, 2008, for the
city-side development of Udaipur Airport in Rajasthan. In early January 2008,
fresh requests for qualification were invited when the area for city-side
development was substantially increased from 11.43 acres to 50.93 acres. Last
October, when bids were first invited over 10 companies, including Omaxe, GMR
Group and Unitech, had responded.
India has planned to modernise and upgrade 35 non-metro airports in phases, by
2010, with a total investment of Rs 7,000 crore. Private sector participation is
solicited in 25 of these airports with their overall investment placed at around
Rs 1,500 crore. Airports Authority of India will undertake the airside
development. Amritsar and Udaipur airports represent the first of the 25
— Venugopal Pilla
[January 28 - February 3, 2008]