Varanasi, India (Urban Transport News): Nine construction firms are vying for a lucrative contract to build a new terminal at Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently opened technical bids, revealing the competitive landscape for this major infrastructure project.
The proposed terminal, spanning an expansive 75,220 sq. m., is poised to be a critical addition to the airport's facilities, equipped with 8 aerobridges, 72 check-in counters, 14 security check counters, and 6 baggage claim belts. Its ultimate design capacity aims to accommodate 6 million passengers per annum, handling up to 5000 passengers during peak hours.
In December 2023, AAI issued tenders for the civil construction contract of the new terminal, estimating the project's cost at Rs. 995.08 crore with a completion deadline set at three years. The bid submissions come from a diverse array of construction entities, each vying for the opportunity to contribute to the development of Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport. The bidders include -
The scope of the project, as outlined by AAI, involves the development of Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport, Varanasi, specifically focusing on Package-I – Construction of the New Terminal Building and Allied works on an Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) Model.
The technical bids are currently undergoing evaluation, a meticulous process that may take several months to complete. Following the technical assessment, the financial bids of the technically qualified bidders will be opened, revealing the lowest bidder and the potential contractor for this significant airport infrastructure project.