Navi-Mumbai-AirportAll the four contenders that had submitted requests for qualification (RfQs) for the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) in January 2015 have qualified for the submission of requests for proposal (RfPs).

The aspirants for the NMIA project include GMR Group; Mumbai International Airport Ltd promoted by GVK Group; a consortium of Zurich Airport and Hiranandani Developers; and MIA Infrastructure of France together with Tata Realty.

As per the RfQs, bidders with minimum net worth of Rs.2,375 crore and having developed projects worth Rs.9,500 crore will be eligible to bid for the greenfield international airport project.

The project cost, pegged at Rs 4,766 crore when the project was conceived in 1998, has increased to Rs.15,000 crore. The total land requirement for the project is an estimated 2,268ha with around 1,160ha marked as the core airport area. As of March last year, Cidco was in possession of 75 per cent of the total core airport land, which will ultimately be leased out to the selected developer (concessionaire).

City Industrial Development Corporation Ltd (Cidco) has been designated as the special planning authority for the Navi Mumbai Airport influence area, which includes 600 sqkm of planned development around the airport, called “Pushpak Nagar.”

The first phase of NMIA is expected to be completed by 2019 with annual passenger handling capacity of 10 million. When the project is fully completed in 2030, the handling capacity will be around 60 million passengers per year.

Linking up: Connectivity to NMIA will be provided through the proposed Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) that is being developed by Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) on EPC basis, after spending futile years in pursuing the PPP mode. MTHL will now come up with loan from JICA, amounting to 80 per cent of the total project cost. The balance will be shared by Cidco, MMRDA and Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust. In addition, Cidco will also build a coastal road directly connecting NMIA with MTHL.

The Mumbai Metropolitan Area (MMR) includes Mumbai city and its hinterland. The total area falling under MMR is 4,355 sqkm housing a population of 22 million, as of Census 2011. The projected aviation infrastructure demand for MMR is 100 million passengers per year by 2030. While the Mumbai International Airport, thanks to the new T2 terminal, has a massive passenger capacity of 40 million per year, there is little scope to increase the same further due to land constraints. Navi Mumbai International Airport with a proposed annual handling capacity of 60 million passengers per year, will complement Mumbai international airport in meeting the targeted annual capacity of 100 million passengers.

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