Reliance Infrastructure Bags Contract for Greenfield Airport

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Anil Ambani led Reliance Infrastructure won the bid for the construction of Greenfield airport on the outskirts of Rajkot

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) recently launched in an airport privatization campaign, in which Adani group emerged as the biggest winner, bagging contracts for privatization of more than five airports. The privatization run has enabled AAI to expand the number of airports in the country. The authority had previously announced the construction of a second airport in the city of Rajkot and, Reliance Infrastructure has bagged the winning bid for its construction. On March 05, 2019, the AAI issued a Letter of Award towards Reliance stating the confirmation of the contract worth INR 648 crores.

Reliance entered the bid as an independent contractor offering holistic engineering, procurement, and construction services. Other bidders included well known infrastructure conglomerates like L&T and Afcons. Among a total of nine bidders, Reliance Infrastructure emerged with the highest technical score of 92.2%. A duration of 30 months has been allotted for completing the airport infrastructure. The airport, slotted to be built near the National Highway – 8B, will be situated at a distance of 36 kilometers from the already existing airport of Rajkot.

Reliance will be tasked with designing, engineering, procuring, and executing the entire framework for the airport. Runways, turning pads, taxiways, fire station, cooling pits, drainage system, and navigational aids for pilots, are some of the aspects that Reliance has been tasked with. The government opines that such a network of airports is necessary to ensure greater connectivity within the country.

Our strong credentials in infrastructure projects execution are borne out by the successful execution of large-scale transportation and power projects. The Hirasar airport project will further strengthen Reliance Infrastructure Limited’s bona fide to be a leader in infrastructure projects.” Said Reliance Infrastructure E&C CEO Arun Gupta when asked about the winning bid.

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