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Navi Mumbai International Airport

New Airport
Completion: in 3 years (31-Dec-2021)
IATA: n/a
ICAO: n/a
City: Mumbai
Country/Territory: India

Ownership

  • Owner/investor:
    • Airports Authority of India (AAI) & Indian Govt
  • Investment (USD):
    • 2,359,000,000

Capacity

  • Annual (pax):
    • Initial: 10,000,000
    • When completed: 60,000,000

Dimensions

  • Runways:
    • 4,000m
    • 4,000m

About

Navi Mumbai International Airport is a proposed green field airport project located in Mumbai’s Kopra-Panvel area. Navi Mumbai will be Mumbai's second airport. Upon its completion, Mumbai will be the first city in India to have more than one airport. The airport is being built through a public-private partnership between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the Government of Maharashtra, together with Mumbai International Airports Ltd (MIAL) who is expected to hold 74% of the equity. The airport will be able to host new-generation aircraft like the A380 and Boeing 747-8. Navi Mumbai International is now expected to be complete by 2019 (originally 2014) but many legal challenges continue to appear along the way, especially those concerning land acquisition. India plans to issue a 30-year concession tender for the development and operation of the airport. Following 30 years of operation, a 10-year extension will be awarded based upon the operational performance of the airport operator. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation stated that any extension beyond 40 years and before 60 years of operation will be done using a bidding process, and the existing promoter has the right of first refusal. In Jul-2016, India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha advised that site clearance had been granted for the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport at Bhiwandi. Navi Mumbai will initially handle 10 million ppa, rising ultimately to 60 million ppa by 2030. Construction commenced in Oct-2016, according to CIDCO. Limited operations are planned to commence by the end of 2019.


Oct-2018. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reported land acquisition issues may delay completion of phase one of the Navi Mumbai International Airport development project by three to four months. Mr Fadnavis previously maintained phase one would be completed by Dec-2019 but now says it "should be ready by March 2020". Phase one includes the development of one passenger terminal and one runway.

Aug-2018. Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd (NMIAL) is engaged in negotiations with banks, including State Bank of India, to provide approximately INR135 billion (USD1.9 billion) in funding for phase two of the Navi Mumbai International Airport development project.

Jul-2018. Navi Mumbai International Airport phase one development will require an estimated investment of INR135.6 billion (USD2 billion), according to a report from credit rating agency CRISIL.

Apr-2018. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd (NMIAL) signed a MoU for the execution of the Navi Mumbai International Airport development project.

Mar-2018. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated the developer assured the Maharashtra State Government that phase one of the development project at Navi Mumbai International Airport will be completed by Dec-2019, including construction of a runway and passenger terminal with capacity to handle 50,000 passengers. Mr Fadnavis added that the second phase of the project, including construction of a second runway, passenger terminal expansion works and development of a cargo terminal, is expected to be completed within two to two and a half years.

Jan-2018. GVK Power and Infrastructure Ltd signed an agreement with City Industrial Development Corporation Limited (CIDCO) to establish Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (NMIAL), a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to implement the Navi Mumbai International Airport development project. GVK will hold a 74% stake in NMIAL while CIDCO holds the remaining 26%. The concession period covers 30 years, with the option to extend for a further 10 years. NMIAL expects to complete and commission phase one of Navi Mumbai by the end of 2021, two years later than the Dec-2019 launch date set by the Maharashtra State Government. CIDCO vice chairman Bhushan Gagrani reported NMIAL expects to complete construction of Navi Mumbai's first runway by Dec-2019 and its second runway by mid-2020.

Nov-2017. City Industrial Development Corporation Limited (CIDCO) representatives informed India's Ministry of Environment and Forests land reclamation and construction works for phase one of the Navi Mumbai International Airport development project will take at least two years to complete and the airport will not be equipped to commence operations until 2020 at the earliest. CIDCO also reported it established the special purpose vehicle Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd with Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) to execute the project.

Oct-2017. 

25-Oct-2017. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis stated the Maharashtra Cabinet "approved selection of Mumbai International Airports Ltd (MIAL) for development of Navi Mumbai International Airport on PPP basis". 

19-Oct-2017. ‘Maharashtra State Government's Project Management and Implementation Committee (PMIC) approved Mumbai International Airport Ltd's (MIAL) bid for a contract to develop Navi Mumbai International Airport. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) senior public relations officer Mohan Ninawe reported CIDCO will issue the letter of award to MIAL following a State Government cabinet meeting to give final approval to the project on 31-Oct-2017, after which MIAL will have two months to establish a special purpose vehicle with Airports Authority of India to execute the project. 

Jun-2017. India’s Maharashtra Government announced plans to fast-track the development of Navi Mumbai International Airport with a revised completion date as early as Dec-2019 for the first phase of the project.

May-2017. India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha commented on the progress of Navi Mumbai Airport. Mr Sinha stated: "We have completed the levelling and ground work. The contract has been given to GVK. Environmental clearance has also been given in stage-II. The work is in full swing. But there are two small mountains, a river and a sea which is making the work a little bit difficult. We hope that the levelling work will be completed in one-and-a-half years. As soon as we finish the work of a runway and the terminal, it will be thrown open for use".

29-Apr-2017. India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha stated the government expects to complete the first phase of Navi Mumbai Airport in 2020 by making one runway and one terminal operational. Mr Sinha said the situation at the airport is "complicated" due to various factors, including resettlement issues. Looking at all of that, it is going to tak a significant amount of time to resolve those issues and to construct the airport. "It will take significant amount of time to resolve the issues. We also need to accelerate and expedite the process as much as possible… We are looking at it in phases and our hope is that sometime in 2020 or so, we will be able to get phase one up and running which would mean one runway and one terminal", Mr Sinha said. Navi Mumbai Airport was first proposed in 1997 and received government approval in 2007 with plans for completion in 2019, but has faced delays in land acquisition and obtaining necessary government permissions such as environmental clearance.

Apr-2017. Navi Mumbai international Airport’s progress will be fast-tracked after Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha confirmed stage II forest clearance would be expedited. 

Feb-2017. 

16-Feb-2017. City and Industrial Development Organisation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) forecast it will need more than 12 months to complete predevelopment works for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, including rehabilitation, hill cutting and river diversion. CICDO plans to ensure, "simultaneity of operations to meet the deadline", scheduled by the end of 2019.

14-Feb-2017. GVK Group's Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) bid for the Navi Mumbai International Airport development project was selected by City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO). CIDCO MD Bhushan Gagrani said the contract will now be submitted it to the state government for final clearance and an LOI is to be awarded within a month approval by the State Cabinet. 

08-Feb-2017. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) MD Bhushan Gagrani hopes to see "more than two bids" submitted for Navi Mumbai International Airport's financial bidding process, due 13-Feb-2017. Mr Gagrani also remained positive about the new airport launching single runway operations by Dec-2019.

Jan-2017.

26-Jan-2017. City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) MD Bhushan Gagrani advised Navi Mumbai International Airport's bidding will be extended from 25-Jan-2017 to 13-Feb-2017, after having received only one bid from GVK Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL). Navi Mumbai’s public private partnership project is expected to cost USD2.5 billion. GMR, Voluptas Developers (Hiranandani), and MIAL may reportedly the only bidders for the proposed airport.

10-Jan-2017. India's City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) extended Navi Mumbai International Airport's bidding deadline by 15 days from 09-Jan-2017. GMR group, Tata Realty and Hiranandani Group-Zurich Airport consortium reportedly advised they would no longer participate in the bids. GMR group reportedly cited challenges with predevelopment work, land acquisition/rehabilitation delays and an absence with stage two environmental clearance.

04-Jan-2017. GMR Airports (q.v.) and MIA Infrastructure (q.v.), the JV of Tata Realty (q.v.) and Vinci Concessions (q.v.) issued letters calling for the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) to extend the deadline for submission of financial bids for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project and address issues related to pre-development work, site preparation and compensation of affected residents. A GMR Airports spokesperson stated, "We are not bidding on account of project implementation and execution challenges as well as erroneous timelines and bid conditions." Local media is interpreting the statement as meaning “we will not bid at all.” If so, there will be only two companies — GVK (q.v.)-led Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) and an Hiranandani Developers-Zurich Airport (q.v.) consortium — in the race for the project. Other reports indicate that the Hiranandani Group-Zurich Airport consortium also advised they would no longer participate in the bid.

 India's Minister for Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju stated Navi Mumbai International Airport's construction will take "at least four years", if the development process remains efficient. 

Dec-2016. Navi Mumbai International Airport's initial bids are likely to be opened in the second week of Jan-2017 after deadline submissions continued to be extended since Jul-2016. GMR, GVK, Hiranandani groups and Tatas, are expected amongst bidders to place bids for Request For Qualification (RFQ). City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) expects the total cost of the project to be INR145.74 billion (USD2.14 billion) including INR23.58 billion (USD347.4 million), as cost for predevelopment.

Nov-2016. 

30-Nov-2016. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation provided 'in principle' approval to Maharashtra Government for the Navi Mumbai International Airport construction project. 

24-Nov-2016. Navi Mumbai International Airport's estimated development cost of INR167 billion (USD2.4 billion) reportedly increased 250% from the INR47.7 billion (USD692.6 million) when its plan was formulated in 2006/07. Minister for Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju cited slow process of the airport project, stating: "Except for the few permissions from different departments, not much has moved at the airport. I have twice done aerial surveys of the place, but things are still the same. Nothing has moved forward". City and Industrial Development Corporation has extended the date for request for proposal from 07-Nov-2016 to 09-Jan-2017.

Oct-2016.

14-Oct-2016. India's City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) PRO Mohan Ninawe advised four bidders have qualified for the request of proposal to the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, closing on 07-Nov-2016. 

13-Oct-2016. India's City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) senior PRO Mohan Ninawe advised construction equipment has been deployed at the Navi Mumbai International Airport site and "work has started".

12-Oct-2016. India's Pune district collector Saurabh Rao advised the revenue department formed a six member team including three from Maharashtra Airport Development Company's revenue department, to assess/review the Navi Mumbai rehabilitation project model.

Sep-2016. India's Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis advised all approvals for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project are in place and first service will launch by Dec-2016.

Aug-2016. 

19-Aug-2016. City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is extending the request for proposal for bids to operate Navi Mumbai Airport to Dec-2016 or Jan-2017. As a result, the airport development may not be completed by its designated timeframe. 

17-Aug-2016. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation prioritised completion of operational areas of Navi Mumbai Airport by 2019. The operational areas include a runway, terminal building and ATC tower. The Ministry said the rest of the airport can be completed at a later date.

Jul-2016.

23-Jul-2016. India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha advised all approvals except for stage two forest clearance have been approved for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. Selection of a concessionaire on public private partnership basis is to be finalised by Dec-2016.

20-Jul-2016. India’s Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha advised that site clearance had been granted for the proposed airport at Bhiwandi and “further development would depend on preparation of Detailed Project Report, its economic viability and financial closure subject to the in-principle approval”. Under India's greenfield airport policy, the impact of a new airport proposed within 150km of an existing civilian airport will be examined, with approval decided by the government on a case to case basis.

13-Jul-2016. India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) provided stage two forest and wildlife clearance for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project.

Jun-2016.

29-Jun-2016. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) said no further approval would be required from the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project after MoEF gives its final approval, which is expected in late Jun-2016 or early Jul-2016.

22-Jun-2016. India’s City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) chief engineer Sanjay Choudhary said the company expects its development team, responsible for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, will likely step in between Dec-2016 to Mar-2017 and the company aims to make the airport operational by Dec-2019.

22-Jun-2016. India’s City and Industrial Development Corporation joint MD V Radha said contractors involved with the construction of Navi Mumbai International Airport “are expected to mobilise their machinery in a month”.

21-Jun-2016. India’s Supreme Infrastructure said it was awarded two land development projects worth INR3.9 billion (USD59 million) for Navi Mumbai International Airport.

21-Jun-2016. India’s Gayatri Projects was awarded a INR7 billion (USD104 million) contract for the development of Navi Mumbai International Airport. The company stated: "Gayatri Projects has made inroads into the construction of airports by bagging a INR7 billion (USD104 million) contract as part of the larger Navi Mumbai International Airport from City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra.”

May-2016.

11-May-2016. India’s Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary stated that security clearance for GMR Airports Limited, MIA Infrastructure Pvt Ltd and Mumbai International Airport Private Limited were granted for the development Navi Mumbai International Airport.

04-May-2016. India’s City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) sent RFPs to GMR Infrastructure, Mumbai International Airport Limited and MIA Infrastructure for the development of Navi Mumbai International Airport on 29-Apr-2016.

Feb-2016. 

11-Feb-2016. India’s City and Industrial Development Cooperation (CIDCO) plans to open financial bids for the pre-development works of proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport, and send the request for proposals (RFP) in Mar-2016. Pre-development works include levelling the land site and flattening hills, for which CIDCO expects to begin by Mar-2016. 

08-Feb-2016. India’s City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) proposes to seek the next step in the bidding process of Navi Mumbai International Airport in mid Feb-2016. CIDCO proposes to seek the project monitoring committee’s approval in order to issue a formal request for proposal (RFD) to the airport bidders. CIDCO VC and MD Sanjay Bhatia said the Ministry of Civil Aviation (India) has already approved for the next step of the bidding process. Following the approval from the committee, CIDCO will seek the state cabinet’s clearance. CIDCO aims to provide the RFD by Mar-2016 and issue the final contract by Jun-2016.

01-Feb-2016. India’s City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) plans to extend the tender process for the pre-development construction works of proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport in order to attract more bidders. The tender for the pre-development work was scheduled to be opened on 05-Jan-2016. CIDCO was proposing to invite tenders of INR16 billion (USD236.4 million) for the pre-development works. The Maharashtra State Government is in the process of transferring land from the land owners.

Jan-2016. 

22-Jan-2016. India’s Ministry of Home Affairs rejected Hiranandani Developers and Zurich Airport's security clearance, with the companies being one of the four shortlisted companies to bid for the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport. The three remaining airport bidders include GMR Infrastructure, GVK Power & Infrastructure Ltd, and MIA Infrastructure of France with Tata Realty.

18-Jan-2016. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) vice chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia said financial bids for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project are likely to open on 20-Jan-2016. Bids for pre-development works are currently under consideration. CIDCO aims for land and sea transport connectivity projects to be complete by 2017/18.

15-Jan-2016. India’s Federal Government had given its approval for the second stage of Navi Mumbai International Airport’s RFP, which will involve selecting the final consortium for the development of the proposed airport according to City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO). CIDCO will finalise the RFP and issue the document to the pre-qualified applicants in order to begin the second stage of the bidding process. CIDCO stated the consortium is expected to be selected by mid-2016 and the first service from the airport will begin by 4Q2019. The four shortlisted bidders for the privatisation of Navi Mumbai International Airport include GMR Infrastructure, GVK Power and Infrastructure, Zurich Airport with Hiranandani Developers, and MIA Infrastructure of France with Tata Realty and Infrastructure.

15-Jan-2016. 

13-Jan-2016. India’s City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) announced the RFP process for Navi Mumbai International Airport has been extended due to security clearances required of the four short-listed bidders from India’s Ministry of Home Affairs, including GMR Infrastructure, GVK Power and Infrastructure, Zurich Airport with Hiranandani Developers, and MIA Infrastructure of France with Tata Realty.

11-Jan-2016. Navi Mumbai International Airport will begin the first phase of pre-development construction works in Feb/Mar-2016 and is scheduled to be completed by 2019, according to City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) joint MD V Radhi. Ms Radhi stated the first phase of the pre-development plan is divided into four packages, in which “evaluations for the first three technical packets are almost done” and the fourth is expected to be completed by 15-Jan-2016. Financial bids will be opened for evaluation according to Ms Radhi. The pre-development plan is expected to cost approximately INR3000 crore (USD449 million) across 1160 hectares, and will include works such as the diversion of Ulwe River and ground levelling. CIDCO reported the construction of the airport is scheduled to begin from Sept/Oct-2016 with the first phase open to passengers by mid 2019.

08-Jan-2016. India's Civil Aviation Ministry is seeking for the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to become an equity partner in the special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will be formed to construct and operate the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport. The Navi Mumbai Airport project has been planned by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO), which will hold 26% stake in the project. Any equity allocation to AAI will reportedly be from CIDCO's 26% stake, with a charge for the stake.

05-Jan-2016. India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation (MOCA) announced City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) will provide the developer and operator of the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport project an interest free-loan worth INR3000 crore (USD451.6 million). The loan will be repaid over 10 years from CIDCO, and will be used for construction works such as filling the marshland around the airport and removing cables.

04-Jan-2016. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) vice chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia confirmed the company expects approval from India's Government to issue RFPs for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project in early Jan-2016. Mr Bhatia said pre-development tenders will open in early Jan-2016 and works will commence by Feb-2016, land and environmental clearances are expected in three to four months, bidders may be appointed by May/Jun-2016 and the project is on track for initial operations in Oct/Nov-2019. CIDCO acquired 94% of the 1160 hectares required for the project and expects to acquire the remainder in the next two months. The overall cost of the project is expected to be INR150 billion (USD2.26 billion).

Dec-2015. 

31-Dec-2015. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation has given in-principle approval for financial bids or request for proposals at Navi Mumbai International Airport.

30-Dec-2015. India's Ministry of Civil Aviation will review request for proposal (RFP) documents for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project on 30-Dec-2015.

07-Dec-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) vice chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia said pre-development works for Navi Mumbai International Airport will commence in Feb-2016. Works include river diversion, land clearance, levelling and reclamation and relocation of power lines. Pre-development is expected to cost INR35 billion (USD525.5 million). The first phase of construction is expected to be complete by Dec-2019 and require investment of an additional INR35 billion.

Oct-2015. 

27-Oct-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) vice chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia said the acquisition of 261 hectares for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project is expected to be complete in the next two months. Mr Bhatia said all approvals and clearances for the project have been received, except stage two forest clearance. Mr Bhatia confirmed the tender for pre-development works will by awarded by the end of Dec-2015.

27-Oct-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) vice chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia said Navi Mumbai International Airport will operate at its full initial capacity of 10 million passengers p/a when it opens. Mr Bhatia expects the airport to reach capacity of 60 million passengers p/a by 2030. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport currently has capacity for 40 million passengers p/a and Mr Bhatia said capacity may be increased to 45 million p/a, but the airport will be at full capacity by the time Navi Mumbai Airport is operational. Mr Bhatia said, "There is no dearth of passengers as I see it."

Aug-2015

05-Aug-2015. CIDCO stated INR27 billion (USD423.4 million) is required for pre-development work for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. A tender for the work has been issued. The CIDCO will award the winning bidder with INR27 billion to commence the project, on the condition it be returned after 10 years, without interest. The pre-development work includes the diversion of the Ulwe River, clearing of the land, increasing the level from 2m to 5m above mean sea level and relocation of power lines. It is anticipated the winning bid will be selected by Dec-2015.

Aug-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) plans to commence pre-development work for Navi Mumbai International Airport in Oct-2015. Work will include diverting waterways, land reclamation, terrain levelling and relocation of power lines. CIDCO will appoint a contractor for the project by the end of 2015.

Jul-2015.

27-Jul-2015. Maharashtra's Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said work will commence on Navi Mumbai International Airport within six months and the airport will be operational in 2019. Mr Fadnavis said developments including the runway will be complete in three years. The estimated project cost is INR151.5 billion (USD2,359 million)

22-Jul-2015. India's Minister of State for Civil Aviation Dr Mahesh Sharma confirmed the government granted in principle approval for the development of 13 new airports at cities including Mumbai.

13 Jul-2015. Maharashtra's Government plans to invest almost USD16 billion over five to six years to accelerate various infrastructure projects, including Navi Mumbai International Airport.

Jun-2015. 

29-Jun-2015. India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change National Board for Wildlife withdrew a requirement for the establishment of a mangrove sanctuary as part of the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. The project developer will be required to make the area designated for the sanctuary "unattractive to birds" to reduce the risk of bird strikes.

18-Jun-2015. India's Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee (PMIC) approved all four applicants for the submission of RFPs for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. GMR Group, Mumbai International Airport Limited, a consortium of Flughafen Zurich and Hiranandani Developers and a consortium of MIA Infrastructure and Tata Realty and Infrastructure submitted RFQs for the project. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) aims to award the contract by Dec-2015 and the airport is expected to commence operations in 2019.

May-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) intends to select a final bidder for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project by Apr-2016. CIDCO's project management committee is reportedly assessing technical submissions by four shortlisted bidders. Following approval by the committee, CIDCO will seek clearance from Maharashtra's Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and India's Ministry of Civil Aviation before inviting financial bids. CIDCO expects the airport to be commissioned by 2019.

Apr-2015. 

21-Apr-2015. Maharashtra chief secretary Swadhin Kshatriya reported all central government permissions for Navi Mumbai International Airport have been approved. Mr Kshatriya said: “The competitive bidding process will be completed this year. Work on the ground will begin early in 2016 and planes will take to the skies from Navi Mumbai international airport in 2019. The onus is now on the state government.” The airport still requires permission to relocate 650 farmers currently located on the airport site, and the state government needs height clearance from the aviation ministry.

01-Apr-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra(CIDCO) received a series of environmental, technical, land acquisition and zoning approvals from India's Government for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project, resolving seven of eight outstanding issues. CIDCO reportedly expects to secure approval for the transfer of a 250 acre site to India's Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in three weeks. The project is also awaiting approvals related to height restrictions for buildings.

Mar-2015. 

16-Mar-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) vice chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia said the company aims to complete the assessment of bids for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project by mid Apr-2015 and finalise the contract by the end of Dec-2015. Following completion of the assessment, bidders will be given three to four months to submit a financial proposal. CIDCO received bids from GMR Group, Mumbai International Airport, a consortium of MIA Infrastructure and Tata Realty and Infrastructure and a consortium of Flughafen Zurich and Hiranandani Developers.

09-Mar-2015. Maharashtra’s Government plans to develop a 600sqkm city named NAINA around Navi Mumbai International Airport. The Government has secured the majority of clearances required for the project.

Feb-2015. India’s City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) plans to re-issue a tender for pre-development works at the Navi Mumbai International Airport site after modifying tender conditions in response to feedback from bidders. The tender may be re-issued on 20-May-2015. The contract includes land reclamation and terrain levelling works estimated to cost INR17.5 billion (USD281.5 million).

Jan-2015. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) reported GMR Group, a consortium of MIA Infrastructure and Tata Realty and Infrastructure, Mumbai International Airport and a consortium of Flughafen Zurich and Hiranandani Developers qualified for submission of financial bids for the contract to construct and operate Navi Mumbai International Airport. Financial bids are due by Aug-2015 and a contractor is expected to be appointed in Oct-2015. The airport is expected to open in phases from 2019.

CIDCO intends to finalise selection of a candidate to undertake pre-development works for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project by the first week of Mar-2015. Works include levelling terrain and land reclamation and are expected to take more than one year at a cost of INR17 billion (USD270 million). CIDCO expects to complete land acquisition for the project in mid Jan-2015.

Dec-2014. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) extended the deadline for submission of requests for qualification (RFQs) on 06-Dec-2014 for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project to 28-Jan-2015, according to CIDCO's website. Pre-qualified applicants for the contract are now scheduled to be announced on 31-Mar-2015. The submission deadline has been extended five times from the original date in Jun-2014.

Nov-2014. Maharashtra State Government confirmed that it still needs to acquire 291 hectares of land for the Navi Mumbai International Airport development.

Oct-2014. City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) further extended the RFQ submission deadline for the Navi Mumbai Airport construction contract to 10-Dec-2014. An unidentified CIDCO official reportedly said the extension was granted to allow bidders to form JVs. Submissions were originally due on 18-Jun-2014 and the deadline was previously extended to 30-Jul-2014, 02-Sep-2014 and 30-Oct-2014.

India's City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) plans to commence pre-development works at the Navi Mumbai International Airport site in Oct-2014. Works include land reclamation, river diversion, levelling of terrain and relocation of power lines and will commence once land acquisition is complete. CIDCO is considering replacing existing power lines with underground systems. Further site preparation works are expected to commence in Jan-2015. Pre-development projects are expected to take more than one year to complete and are estimated to cost more than INR20 billion (USD324.6 million). 

Sep-2014. The High Court of Bombay dismissed a petition by local residents calling for the suspension of land acquisition for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project pending changes to compensation. The ruling allows City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO) to proceed with the acquisition of more than 670 hectares for the project. The court reportedly stated, "There is no question of halting the project as it is in the interest of the public at large." 

Aug-2014. CIDCO further extended the deadline for submission of requests for qualification (RFQs) for the  project from 02-Sep-2014 to 30-Oct-2014. Pre-qualified bidders are now expected to be announced by the end of Dec-2014. The submission date for RFQs was previously postponed from 18-Jun-2014 to 02-Sep-2014.

CIDCO issued a tender for the contract to develop land at the core aeronautical area for the airport project. The contract includes levelling land for construction of the airport's runways. The overall cost of land development for the project increased from INR23 billion (USD380 million) to INR27 billion (USD446 million).

Jul-2014. CIDCO extended the deadline for submission of RFQs for the project to 02-Sep-2014. India's Government approved a revised tender document for the project in mid Jul-2014. CIDCO plans to announce pre-qualified applicants for the project on 30-Oct-2014. The submission deadline was previously extended from 18-Jun-2014 to 30-Jul-2014.

The CAA approved a revised tender document prepared by CIDCO, allowing the company to invite tenders for the construction and operation of the airport. The initial draft of the tender document was originally submitted in early 2013 and the revised version was submitted in Mar-2014. CIDCO will hold a stake of at least 26% in the airport and up to 74% will be offered to a private consortium. The document establishes the maximum ownership limit for airlines in any consortium bidding for the project at 26%, up from 10% in the original draft. Foreign airlines may also participate in the project, subject to approval by India's Government. CIDCO is expected to contribute INR23.75 billion (USD395 million) to the project and the private consortium will provide INR122.2 billion (USD2.03 billion). Qualification bids are due to be submitted by 02-Sep-2014 and the selection process is expected to take eight months. Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) holds right of first refusal for the project.

Jun-2014. CIDCO reported it received 127 consent letters from landowners affected by the construction of the airport since the release of a new government resolution on compensation in mid Jun-2014. CIDCO requires a total of 1200 consent letters covering 671ha of land across 14 villages.

CIDCO vice chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia reiterated that the first phase of the airport may be operational by Dec-2018. The first phase will include one runway, arrival and departure terminals and customs and immigration facilities. Mr Bhatia said the airport is still expected to cost INR145 billion (USD2.4 billion).

CIDCO extended the request for qualifications (RFQ) deadline for the development contract for Navi Mumbai International Airport from 28-Jun-2014 to 31-Jul-2014. Project bidders had requested amendment to provisions in the RFQ document, to provide more clarity about the development project, eligibility requirements and intervals between agreements regarding the project.

May-2014. CIDCO confirmed the deadline for requests for qualification for the development of Navi Mumbai airport will be extended from 18-Jun-2014 to 18-Jul-2014.

CIDCO issued a tender to prepare the site for construction. CIDCO stated it would extend the RfQ deadline for construction of the airport until 30-Jul-2014 as a result. The site has small hills to be cleared and a river that requires diversion.

Feb-2014. CIDCO formally issued a global request for qualification (RFQ) for the proposed international airport at Navi Mumbai, 10 biddershaving already expressed interest. Bids are due by 18-Jun-2014, with the bidding and evaluation process expected to take up to 10 months. CIDCO still needs to acquire 696 of the 2,268 hectares required for the airport project. Mumbai International Airport (MIAL) has first right of refusal on the project. According to CIDCO, in the event that MIAL matches the highest ranked bid, it shall be deemed to be the highest bidder and the project shall be awarded to MIAL. CIDCO expects the airport could begin operations with a single runway as early as 2018. Initial pre-development work to be carried out by CIDCO will require INR23.56 billion (USD375 million), with the initial two phases of the development requiring a total investment of INR95 billion (USD1.52 billion). Maharashtra State Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan stated he hopes that the first stage of the bidding process for the construction tender would be over in the next 90 days and that final bidding will proceed swiftly after that.

Jan-2014. CIDCO dismissed claims that delays in the project could become a political issue ahead of parliamentary elections. CIDCO chairman Pramod Hindurao said: “We are not looking at it as a political issue. The airport project has been in limbo for 13 years. So, another year or so would not matter. But, I am equally hopeful that the problem of a few villages not agreeing to the best package worked out so far will soon blow over.”

Zurich Airport Management has evinced interest in developing the proposed Navi Mumbai Airport, according to Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, who met officials of Zurich Airport and discussed the airport development plans.

CIDCO announced the corporation intends to award approximately INR20 billion (USD321 million) in basic airport infrastructure work for the airport development project to local developers. CIDCO plans to launch the request for qualification process from 05-Feb-2014. Work to be awarded to local companies includes basic earth moving, relocation of utilities infrastructure and construction of civil amenities. The total cost of the Navi Mumbai development is now projected at INR145.7 billion (USD2335 million).

Dec-2013. The Minister of State for Civil Aviation K C Venugopal informed the Indian lower house of parliament that the Maharashtra State Government is in the process of issuing a request for qualification for the selection of a concessionaire regarding construction of the Navi Mumbai International Airport. Necessary clearances from Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) and other agencies have been obtained.

Nov-2013. CIDCO MD Sanjay Bhatia said work on the construction of the Navi Mumbai International Airport project is expected to begin within a year and the initial phase of the airport, with a single runway and terminal, is expected to be operational in 2017. A global construction tender will be floated in early 2014. Land clearing and non-construction preparatory works for the development are expected to start within six months.

Sep-2013. CIDCO's MD V Radha said the Navi Mumbai Airport project “may have to be scrapped as it has become unfeasible”, citing ongoing delays and building costs. The projected “cannot afford any more delays” with land acquisition. Discussions on compensation with individuals affected by the airport are ongoing and have resulted in more than a decade of delays. CIDCO has already cautioned that the development of the airport may be delayed another 12 months by the negotiations. Mr Radha however said the agency is committed to proceeding with the project, despite the delays and escalation of project costs.

Projected project costs have risen from INR47.660 billion (USD753 million) to INR145.73 billion (USD2.3 billion). AAI is reportedly preparing a number of long-term funding options for its development, in case private developers are uninterested in the bidding process. The Navi Mumbai International Airport has now suffered more than five years of delays due to land acquisition and environmental concerns. 

Jul-2013. City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) vice-chairman and MD Sanjay Bhatia announced Navi Mumbai Airportstill requires approvals from the Indian Government for its global tendering process and from the Mumbai High Court for environmental clearances covering an area of mangroves on the proposed airport’s development area. Environmental clearances are expected to be granted in the next few months, but it will require at least eight months between tendering approval and awarding a developer a contract.

Jun-2013. India's City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) reportedly feels pressured to reach an agreement with land owners to acquire 475 hectares necessary for the Navi Mumbai International Airport project. CIDCO chairman Pramod Hindurao stated “All efforts are being made to reach at an early settlement with PAPs [project affected persons]”. CIDCO is reportedly concerned that unless it swiftly reaches an agreement with PAPs to avoid further delays, which could endanger the future of the project.

The Maharashtra state government plans to hold a meeting with the Indian Planning Commission to discuss the delays in land acquisitions which have stalled the development of the planned Navi Mumbai Int Airport. The Phase I cost was projected at USD960 million and the total cost USD1.6 billion but projected land acquisition costs alone have reportedly reached INR170 billion (USD2989 million).

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