Monday, November 13, 2017

AAI to relax norms, float partial privatisation tender soon

In a major step, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) is again in the process to float a tender with added features and relaxed conditions for partial privatisation of Ahmedabad and Jaipur airports.

The bidding process that began early this year, after AAI had rejected Singapore's Changi airport's proposal to operate and maintain both airports, was extended several times, on various grounds.

The AAI had received nearly 12 registrations including from international players until now but this step has raised number of questions. The AAI had invited Request for Proposal (RFP) from bidders for operation and maintenance of 'select areas' of the Jaipur and Ahmedabad airports late last year. The select areas include passenger terminal building, airport operations control centre, fire control room, kerb side approach road and passenger boarding bridges, apron area, including provision of ground handling services through approved ground handling and surface car park, among others, as per the bid document.

Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI said, "We have had several interactions with potential bidders with an aim to find out their perceptions. Based on those, we have decided to add more conditions and features to the existing tender. The same is under the consideration by the Ministry and a decision is likely by this month end. Once approved, we will float the tender."
13/11/17 Tanushree Bhatia/DNA

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