17 firms have submitted bids to construct Phase 1 of Dholera International Airport in Gujarat, after Airports Authority of India (AAI) opened technical bids on June 9.
This new greenfield airport will be capable of handling 1.5 million passengers per year after the completion of its Phase 1 in 2025 and has been designed to ultimately handle 50 million passengers per year after its final phase – see project information.
Its 1426 hectare site at Navagam village (view on google maps) is located north of Dholera Smart City & Bhavanagar, and south of Ahmedabad. In the future, the airport will be connected to Ahmedabad through the under construction 109 km Ahmedabad – Dholera Expressway.
Like all new airport projects, Phase 1 civil works involve construction of the airport’s infrastructure including runways, taxiways, aprons and road network. AAI invited tenders for this package in February with an estimated cost of Rs. 986.91 crore and 840 day (2.3 year) completion deadline.
- Afcons Infrastructure
- APCO Infratech
- CDS Indra Projects
- Dilip Buildcon
- DRA Infracon
- Gawar Construction
- HG Infra
- ITD Cementation
- KMC Constructions
- Larsen & Toubro (L&T)
- Ashoka Buildcon
- Gayatri Projects
- Khurana Engineering
- Patel Infrastructure
- PNC Infratech
- Varaha Infra
Brief Scope: Detailed Designing, Engineering, Procurement and Construction of Airport infrastructure of operational area for 4E category operation of Airport i.e. Runway, Taxiway, Apron, Perimeter Road etc., including associated Electrical works.
The bids have now been sent for technical evaluation which can take a couple months to complete. When that is done, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened to reveal who’s the lowest bidder and most likely contractor.
Design of the airport’s terminal building has not been finalized. A tender notice for it (Phase 2) is currently pending. Here’s the layout of the airport’s infrastructure and apron area from Phase 1’s tender docs:
RITES was the lowest bidder among 8 firms in January 2020 for the airport’s Engineering Consultancy contract. The airport will have two runways (3200 m and 4000 m long) and also feature an aerocity with 75 hectares for commercial development.
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