KOCHI: The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) authorities have made available the details of tendering procedures and bidding process related to the construction of the new international terminal being constructed at the airport, on its official website. The details of the bidding process and various steps on the tendering procedure was made public as part of ensuring greater transparency of the works related to the airport, said CIAL authorities in a release.
Total contracts, project costs, the companies that took part in the bidding process, the amount quoted by various companies in the bidding and other details were made available on the website. As many as 21 contracts were finalised so far as part of the work on the new international terminal and the contracts were awarded to both national and international companies.
The Larsen & Toubro that won the contract for the civil works by quoting Rs 284.14 crore is the biggest contractor in the project. Shapoorji Pallonji Group (SP Group) and NCC Company have reached second and third positions, respectively, in the bidding for the civil works.
The second biggest contract of Rs 163.85 crore for setting up parking bay, taxi link, airfield ground lighting system, was awarded to GHV Private Limited, Mumbai. The Sterling Wilson Company which quoted Rs 118.76 crore has received the contract for mechanical, plumbing and electrical works of the project.
Glidepath of New Zealand has won the contract for providing baggage handling systems at the new terminal by quoting Rs 69.55 crore. The same company will also set up X-ray baggage screening-based computed tomography (CT) technology at the new terminal at a cost of Rs 71.98 crore. The Shenzhen CIMC of China will set up aerobridge at the new terminal being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore. The CIAL authorities have also completed the bidding of various works to the tune of Rs 967.23 crore so far out of the total estimate cost of the project of Rs 1,000 crore, said CIAL authorities.
The officials also said the new international terminal with a plinth area of 15 lakh sq ft is expected to thrown open to air traffic by May 25, 2016. With the commissioning of the new terminal, the airport road would also be converted into four-lane traffic VIP road connecting the airport with NH 47 at Athani for which a sum of Rs 30 crore has already been sanctioned. The construction of a rail overbridge would also cut short the travel distance to airport further by 1.5 km from the NH 47, which will be started shortly, for which the company has deposited Rs 11 crore in the Railways for constructing the RoB.