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Maharashtra extends proposal date for Navi Mumbai airport

Mumbai: The Maharashtra government has extended the last date for submission of 'Request For Proposal' (RFP) for the proposed Navi Mumbai International Airport till Oct 30, an official said Friday.

The RFP, floated in February this year, was amended by the project management committee comprising officials of the central and state governments. The RFP outlines the bidding process and contract terms.

After incorporating a fresh set of conditions and other requirements for the bidders, the last date for submitting the RFP has now been extended to Oct 30, said the official connected with the project.

The Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) on mainland across the harbor is one of the flagship mega-projects in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. It is designed to decongest the existing Mumbai International Airport.

Slated to be the one of the biggest 'Greenfield' international airports in the world, the NMIA will offer world-class facilities for passengers, cargo, aircraft, airlines and allied services.

To be constructed on an area of around 1,160 hectares accommodating two parallel runways, with provision of full length taxi-ways on either side of the runways, it will greatly improve operations and air traffic management.

It will also accommodate the new large aircraft compatible with the International Civil Aviation Organisation's Aerodrome Code 4F.

Proposed to be operational by 2017, the NMIA will cater to 10 million air travellers initially, growing to 25 million by 2020 and up to 60 million by 2030.

The NMIA will give a fillip to the development of Navi Mumbai region, which is expected to be future hub of business and commercial activities, besides a significant growth in population.

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