City and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra (CIDCO), the nodal agency responsible for the development of the Navi Mumbai airport, is expected to start the pre-development work for the airport by March. Officials aware of the development told FE that tenders worth Rs 1,600 crore for the pre-development work will be invited from January 5, which will include flattening of hills, diversion of the Ulwe river through a canal, and increasing the level of land from 0-2 metres to 5 metres above mean sea level.
The state government body has been successful in getting the consent of the landowners for acquiring some 250 hectares of land and the final process in this regard is expected to be over by mid-January.
According to officials, CIDCO is waiting to receive Stage II clearances from the ministry of environment and forests.
“We expect to get the clearance from the civil aviation ministry for the request for proposals (RFPs) by December and by June next year, we are expecting to have a partner for developing the airport,” officials said.