There is progress on the much-awaited international airport project in Navi Mumbai that was approved by the union government last year. CIDCO has now zeroed in on the consultant that will help CIDCO draw up a master plan for the project. Following the completion of a global tender process, the CIDCO scrutiny committee has decided to appoint Louis Berger group of the USA, as its prime consultant in the project. Four companies had come through the process of qualification, technical and financial bids called for by CIDCO last year, to appoint the consultant. Loius Berger has quoted the lowest bid of Rs 13 crore. Speaking to NMTV News Managing Editor Zeba Warsia, CIDCO Managing Director gave an insight on the development. CIDCO is appointing a prime consultant for the project to prepare a master plan that will detail every aspect of the construction of the airport. CIDCO has already initiated several studies including those related to environmental concerns. The Managing Director informed that though there were concerns lined by the center, they have the in principle approval after the presentations. Navi Mumbai International Airport will support the rapidly growing air travel needs of Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It is proposed to be developed through public-private participation, in which, the private partner will hold 74 percent share, CIDCO will have 13 percent share, and the Airport Authority of India will have another 13 percent. From Mumbai, with cameraperson Abhay Prasad, Zeba Warsia for NMTV News.
May 17, 2008