Bids Floated for Gujarat Airport Consultant
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The project, which has been in the works since the time Modi was Gujarat chief minister, will see an airport come up in Navagam village near Ahmedabad were Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport is.
The progress of the project is being closely monitored in Delhi, senior officials told ET. The selected consultant will do a technical feasibility study and prepare the detailed project report (DPR) by the middle of next year, giving estimated costs.
As per the brief for the prospective consultant, the proposed international airport is to be developed on the western side of Gulf of Cambay where most of the land is barren, saline and consists of marine clay. “The site is prone to flooding during rainy season. The proposed airport site is located at the delta of two rivers namely River Bhogavo in the north and Gehlo in South.
These rivers are flowing from the west end of the Airport to east, discharging into the Gulf of Cambay,” the bid document says
The project will be spread over 3,525 hectares owned by the state government. A 2,910 metre runway will come up in phase I and a second runway of 3,200 metre will come up in phase II.
“We expect physical work at the site to begin in 2020 and the airport to be built by 2023,” a senior official said.
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