After the Civil Aviation Ministry recently approved the revised tender document for the proposed Navi Mumbai airport, the nodal implementing agency City and Industrial Development Corporation (Cidco) has extended the deadline to submit requests for qualification (RFQs) to September 2. Last week, a Cidco delegation had presented a revised tender document draft to aviation minister Ashok Gajpathy Raju, which he approved immediately. This is the second extension for the bids since June 18.
"Bidders had requested us to make certain changes in the existing tender document. Accordingly, we revised it and submitted it to the ministry for its approval, and was granted the same. Bidders have now a month's more time till September 2 to submit RFQs based on the revised tender," Cidco vice-chairman and managing director Sanjay Bhatia said.
The state-run agency had floated tenders for the over R14,500-crore project in February and had fixed June 18 as the date of submission of RFQs. The deadline was, however, extended to July 30 as the bidders sought time to submit the tenders. In February round of RFQs, leading companies like Zurich Airport, Ferrovial Aeropuertos, Tata Realty & Infrastructure, Mumbai International Airport, Srei Infra Finance, Samsung-C&T, IL&FS, GMR Group, Essel Infraprojects, Gensler of US, UK Trade & Investment, and Vinci Concessions India among other had submitted their bids. But with the Tatas having two airlines, Tata Realty is not eligible for bids.