The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has declared Dilip Buildcon as L1 bidder for the construction of a new greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot Gujarat in India.

Dilip Buildcon will be responsible for the airport construction on an engineering procurement and construction (EPC) basis and is required to complete the project within 30 months.

Set to be built across 1,025.54ha 28km from Rajkot, the airport is expected to witness air traffic of 5% – 10%.

This February, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the development of the new airport at Hirasar at an estimated cost of Rs14.05m ($19.8m).

Required land for the new airport has been identified by the Government of Gujarat, which requested AAI to develop, operate and maintain the new airport.

Dilip Buildcon will be responsible for the detailed designing, engineering, procurement and construction of the runway, basic strips, turning pads, taxiways, parallel taxi track (PTT) apron, airfield ground lighting system and visual aids for navigation.

The work also includes cut / fill and grading earthwork, as well as the construction of perimeter and other roads, a drainage system, related retaining structures, a fire station and a fire pit.

The company, which is engaged in the business of infrastructure facilities on an EPC basis, will supply, install, test and commission an airfield ground lighting system.

The existing airport at Rajkot is land constrained, with an area of 236 acres. It also suffers from considerable capacity restraints due to nearby residential and commercial buildings.

The railway line and state highway located to the eastern side of the airport prohibits a runway extension.