Eight firms have submitted bids for the civil construction work of a new terminal building at Hubballi Airport (HBX) in Karnataka after Airports Authority of India (AAI) opened technical bids last week.
Hubballi or Hubli Airport’s existing terminal with a built-up area of 3,600 sq.m was opened in December 2017. Post expansion, the airport will have a terminal capable of handling 2400 peak-hour passengers (1200 arrivals + 1200 departures) with a total built-up area of 20,000 sq.m.
The terminal will be equipped with 4 aerobridges and its apron will be expanded to accommodate 6 code narrow-body aircrafts (eg. A320, B737).
India’s Central Government had approved the project in June 2023 with an estimated cost of Rs. 273 crore. AAI then invited tenders for the terminal’s civil construction contract in October 2023 with a Rs. 260.22 crore estimate and 730 day (2 year) completion deadline.
- Comt Constructions Pvt. Ltd.
- Girdhari Lal Constructions Pvt. Ltd.
- Harsh Constructions Pvt. Ltd.
- M.S. Khurana Engineering Ltd.
- Renaatus Projects Pvt Ltd
- URC Construction Pvt. Ltd.
- Vensa Infrastructure Ltd.
- Vishal Infrastructure Ltd.
AAI’s Brief Scope: Construction of New Domestic Terminal Building and Miscellaneous Works at Hubballi Airport
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.
Here are a few design renderings via AAI’s tender documents:
If things align on the tendering side, then I expect basic ground work to start towards the end of Q1 2024 and full-fledged construction work to start in Q2 2024.
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