The process of privatisation of Ahmedabadís Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPIA) is inching towards a closure. More than a dozen firms are likely to participate in the pre-bid meet scheduled to be held in New Delhi on October 17. According to sources at SVPIA, the firms who have lined up for the meet include GVK that runs Mumbaiís Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, and GMR which operates Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, among others.
On Monday, a team of officials from Toyota Infrastructure India Pvt Ltd paid a visit to the airport. The team took the primary details of the airport as they visited the terminals and other parts of the airport operations.
The Airport Authority of India has floated a global tender for Ahmedabad as well as five other airports run by the authority, including Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Lucknow and Jodhpur. The privatisation is being done on public-private-partnership (PPP) model.
As per the official website of AAI, the last date for the sale of tender is on October 24. It says that the authority has invested Rs 600 crore for the construction of new international terminal building and other infrastructure over the last few years.