CIDCO floats tender to find prime consultant for Navi Mumbai airport

On Monday and Saturday, the City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO) — which is developing the new greenfield airport near Kharghar in Navi Mumbai — invited global tenders through newspapers the world over for the appointment of a prime consultant for the Rs10,000-crore airport, which is to be set up on 2,000 hectares of land.

The consultant would need to be "of international repute" and have "experience with global presence" to qualify what CIDCO says is its "star" project. The scope of work would be to prepare a comprehensive master plan and a detailed project report (DPR), which includes everything from "planning to selection of strategic partner through public bidding process".

The consultant also has to prepare documents to establish the project's technical and financial viability as well as documents to facilitate investments and lending for the project. "Within eight to 10 weeks, we should have a consultant with international expertise on board," CIDCO vice chairman and managing director G S Gill told the media last week.