Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Panel to monitor airport modernization projects

Nagpur: The state government has constituted 11-member committee to monitor upgradation, modernisation, operation and maintenance of Nagpur airport. The committee will also look after other upcoming airport modernisation projects across the state.
The state's general administration department under chief minister Devendra Fadnavis issued a notification on Thursday announcing the 11-member committee. It is called project monitoring and implementation committee and will be headed by chief secretary. Deputy secretary (airports) is member secretary while principal secretary (airports), principal secretary of urban development department-1, principal secretary of finance, assistant secretary of ministry of civil aviation, chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI), managing director of CIDCO, managing director of Maharashtra Airport Development Corporation (MADC) and two special invitees are members.
The government had proposed upgradation, modernisation, and operation and maintenance project by a private company for city airport. MIHAN India Limited (MIL) had floated request for qualification (RFQ) inviting bids. Six companies participated in the RFQ of which five were selected for further process.
MIL chief operating officer VS Mulekar told TOI that request for proposal (RFP) has now been submitted with the government for approval. "RFP is a 300-page document in which contract's terms and conditions, financial module etc are mentioned. After the government's nod, RFP will be sent to bidders inviting financial bids. Then the company to be handed over the airport will be shortlisted," he said.
The 11-member committee will verify and approve the RFP followed by preparing a concession document. Later, the committee will also monitor the implementation of the project. The project is moving at snail's pace since it was announced in 2007. A joint venture of AAI and MADC, MIL is operating and maintaining the Airport on its own capability and at a huge loss.
13/12/17 Anjaya Anparthi/Times of India