Decision on airport bids likely by Nov-end

New Delhi, Nov 16 | Updated: Nov 17 2005, 05:30am hrs
Civil aviation minister Praful Patel on Wednesday said the final decision on the process of selection of successful bids for the modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports will be taken by the empowered group of ministers (EGoM), which is expected to meet before November 30.

If the EGoM approves the process, the financial bids could be opened the same day, Mr Patel told reporters, adding that the technical bids of all six bidders would be opened after they are reviewed by the inter-ministerial group (IMG).

On Air-Indias fleet acquisition, the minister said that the Cabinet note has been circulated and the ministry will receive comments in 10 days before the Cabinet committee on economic affairs takes it up. On the review of air traffic controller operations, he said CAT-IIIB will be installed by November 30 at Delhi airport and it is up to the airlines now to train their pilots. According to him, Indian Airlines had trained 200 pilots so far on CAT-III B, adding that other airlines should also take it up.

The ministry is in fact considering making CAT-IIIB training mandatory for all airlines, but over a period of time.