Saturday, January 01, 2022

Search begins for firm to build Noida heliport

Noida: The Noida Authority on Friday floated global tenders for the heliport project in Sector 151A. The company that will eventually be selected will have to build and operate the heliport for 30 years.

The company will have to build not just aeronautical, but non-aeronautical and passenger facilities too. While aeronautical facilities include aerodrome control services, airfield lighting, taxiway, helipad, traffic signal, apron, firefighting building and so on, non-aeronautical services mean managing the vehicle parking, cargo, reception area, kitchen and setting up centres for employees.

Officials said the Authority would hold a meeting with the interested companies on January 31 and was expected to shortlist the agency by April.

“As the project has to be developed through the public-private partnership model, we had been waiting for a go-ahead from the state government. Financial and technical background and expertise of the interested companies would be evaluated before the most suitable one is selected,” said Ritu Maheshwari, the chief executive officer of the Authority.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 43 crore and will be designed according to the size and specifications of the utility helicopter, Bell 412, and its popular variants. Used extensively by private and commercial operators and by defence forces, Bell 412 is wide enough to accommodate 12 passengers. The heliport has been envisaged as a base for air taxi services to both IGI Airport in Delhi and the upcoming Noida International Airport in Jewar as well as shuttle services to nearby tourist spots.

Rajiv Tyagi, the principal general manager, said the parking apron would have the capacity to provide parking space to five helicopters at a time. “The operator will also have to make provisions to allow the movement and parking of MI 172, which is wide enough to hold 26 passengers at a time and is used for emergency operations and for transporting VIPs,” he added.

01/01/22 Times of India

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