Saturday, January 11, 2020

Centre may retender Nagpur airport modernization

Nagpur: Even though GMR Airports has bagged the tender for modernization of the Nagpur airport, the central government may ask Mihan India Limited (MIL) to go for retendering, said Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari during the inaugural function of the Liberty Cinema to Mental Hospital flyover on Friday evening.
Gadkari didn’t mention the reason and expressed hope that the Centre would not take this decision as it would delay the project.

TOI had reported on December 4, 2019 that the union civil aviation ministry had questioned MIL regarding the need for privatizing the airport.

This was because GMR, which emerged as the highest bidder with an offer to share over 14% of the revenue, would have given less than what MIL, the current operator, earns on its own.

In 2019, the earnings of airports were Rs49 crore. After roping in GMR, the figure may have come down to Rs15 crore.

Commenting on the broad gauge Metro project, Gadkari said that it had got in principle approval. “After the Nagpur-Nagbhid narrow gauge line is converted to broad gauge, we will run a Metro up to Wadsa. Before that, BG Metro will connect Bhandara, Narkhed and Wardha with Nagpur. Later, we will run a BG Metro between Chandrapur and Gondia,” he added.

On Phase II of Nagpur Metro, Gadkari said that it was expected to get approval of the union cabinet soon. “Then Metro will connect Hingna, Pardi, Dattawadi, Butibori and Kanhan with the centre of Nagpur. People living in adjoining areas will get a fast mode of connectivity to the city,” he added.

11/01/20 Ashish Roy/Times of India
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