Navi Mumbai airport gets push

The contract to construct the long-delayed greenfield Navi Mumbai airport was awarded, with Transportation Infrastructure and Buildings & Factories businesses of L&T Construction bagging the deal.

The first phase will see construction of one runway with an airport terminal that can handle up to 10 million flyers a year. Four companies had responded after Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Limited floated tenders last year for the engineering, procurement and construction of the airport, said a source.

A press statement issued by GVK said that the key development spectrum covers departure and arrival forecourts, a 3,700 m-long runway, apron systems, taxiway systems, ground lighting and other facilities.

The passenger terminal building, which has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, will handle 20 million flyers a year in phase 2. The terminal design could be unveiled in two months, the source said.

Dr G V K Reddy, founder and chairman, GVK, said that with Navi Mumbai airport they will raise the bar over and above what they have achieved at Terminal 2 at Mumbai airport.

The biggest hurdle continues to be land procurement . Locals of five villages who haven’t yet cleared the land plan a protest outside Cidco around mid-September to press for their demands.

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