L&T Construction to build Mumbai’s second airport

Step-down subsidiary of GVK awards ₹6,200 crore project

Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd. (NMIAPL), a step-down subsidiary of GVK, has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the greenfield Navi Mumbai International Airport to L&T Construction.

L&T had built the iconic Terminal 2 of the existing airport of Mumbai and also undertook the airport’s reconstruction work spanning several years even while the airport was fully functional.

According to people in the know of the development, the order is worth about ₹6,200 crore. The companies had not specified the size of the order.

It would take about 30 months from now to complete the project which was originally intended to be operational by 2019. A complex process of hill-cutting, land-levelling and land-filling of marshy land, including mangroves, is believed to have delayed the project.

The project also had to wait for the relocation of several thousand project-affected people. This project is being implemented in a public private partnership format between State government arm CIDCO and GVK, which operates the existing airport of Mumbai. GVK had bagged this project through a competitive bidding process. In NMIAPL, CIDCO holds 26% equity while the balance 74% is with GVK. The project is estimated to cost ₹16,000 crore.

The scope of the order covers cut and fill works, terminal works, including departure and arrival forecourts, airfield development works (a 3,700 metre-long south runway, apron systems, taxiway systems, airfield ground lighting and other facilities), landside facilities (roads, multi-level car parking), utilities and support facilities.

The planned passenger terminal building, that has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, will initially handle a capacity of 10 million passengers per annum (MPA). The project will subsequently be enhanced to handle 20 MPA. This will go a long way in decongesting the existing airport that is almost saturated.

In 2018-19 the airport handled 48.9 million passengers per annum and handles close to 1,000 flights a day.

“With the commissioning of the iconic Terminal 2 at Mumbai airport and designing the under construction Garden Terminal 2 at Bengaluru airport, GVK had set new benchmarks in the Indian airports sector. Now, for the Navi Mumbai International Airport, we have to raise the bar over and above what we have achieved at Mumbai and Bengaluru airports,” G.V.K Reddy, founder and chairman, GVK, said.

“For this challenge, we are happy to partner with L&T yet again, as their team is very much in sync with our philosophy of delivering world class quality and creating landmarks for others to follow. Am confident that with the high standards of excellence that L&T brings to the table, we will deliver yet another world class airport that will be the pride of India,” he added.

S. N. Subrahmanyan, CEO and managing director, L&T: “Mumbai city was in dire need of a second airport and we are happy that we have bagged the mandate to build the Navi Mumbai airport.”

“GVK has entrusted L&T to develop some of their major infrastructure projects and L&T reciprocates their commitment to build a world class airport and to transform GVK’s vision into reality. L&T stands committed to a project of global standards to time and quality,” he said.

“Having built almost all the major international airports in the country including Terminal 2 of the Mumbai International Airport, this order once again affirms our credentials as the foremost builders of airport infrastructure in the country,” he added.

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