Wednesday, July 05, 2017

AAI tweaks tender to woo bidders

Ahmedabad: In an effort to attract more bidders, the national airports operator, Airports Authority of India (AAI), has made some major changes in the terms and conditions for privatisation and modernisation of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI).

For starters, the deadline has been extended by another 90 days, making this the third extension. This has ostensibly been done to give players more time to understand the operations and maintenance aspects.

The two major changes include AAI’s projected expansion plans of Ahmedabad airport and a longer contract tenure for the operator.

The AAI had invited Request for Proposal (RFP) from bidders for operation and maintenance of select areas of Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports late last year. These areas include terminal building, boarding bridges and apron area, among others, as per the bid document.

Guruprasad Mohapatra, chairman, AAI said, “We have extended the deadline by 90 days after prospective bidders raised concerns and queries. Keeping these in mind, we have made significant changes in the terms and conditions, including mode of payment, internal evaluation, projected capacity, tenure, etc. For example, the contract tenure was 10 years earlier, but we have changed it to 15 years. We also wanted to inform them about the projected capacity of the terminal they will be handling 10 years down the line.”
05/07/17 Tanushree Bhatia/DNA