Mumbai/New Delhi: First phase of aircraft operations at the upcoming Navi Mumbai airport is expected to be functional by December 2019, the government said on Thursday.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in the Lok Sabha that the Navi Mumbai airport project has received all approvals except stage-II forest clearance, which is expected shortly. The request for proposal (RFP) and bid documents were issued to the qualified bidders on May 4.

According to City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), the bidders who have qualified include GMR Airport Limited New Delhi, Mumbai International Airport Private Limited, Mumbai and MIA Infrastructure Limited promoted by TRIL (Tata Reality and Infrastructure Limited).

The first phase of the Navi Mumbai International Airport would consist of facilities to accommodate 10 million passengers per annum. The second phase will accommodate 25 million passengers, while the third and the fourth ones would consist of 45 million and 60 million passengers, respectively. The development of the airport is to be completed over a period of 20 years.

“We have started the first phase of the project with 10 million passengers. When the traffic trigger takes place, the operator will provide the additional capacity,” said Soma Vijay Kumar, Chief General Manager, Transport and Airport, CIDCO.

“If the traffic grows beyond the expected level, then he would have to complete the project in three phases,” added Kumar.

Vijay Kumar said, “We have sent out the RFP (Request for Proposal) and project agreement to the bidders. The pre bid meeting has been completed with the bidders on 28 June and second stage of bidding has started.”

The Selection of concessionaire on PPP (public private partnership) basis would be finalised by December 2016.

All major clearances have been obtained. 160 hectares have been acquired. Remaining land is in process over by taking over by CIDCO.

Resettlement and rehabilitation awards are declared, Sinha said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

”Phase I of aircraft operations with capacity to handle 10 million passengers per annum is expected to commence by December 2019.”

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) renovated the Jalgaon airport in Maharashtra to facilitate flight operations at a cost of Rs 57 crore.

 “Presently, there is no scheduled flights to Jalgaon and no airlines have shown any interest to commence passenger or cargo service from/to this airport,” the minister noted.

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