The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has awarded a Letter of Acceptance (LoA) to Dilip Buildcon for the construction of a new greenfield airport at Hirasar, Rajkot in the Indian state of Gujarat.

In a BSE filing, Dilip Buildcon said that the order is worth Rs5.7bn ($79.5m) and will be completed in 30 months.

The airport will be constructed 28km from Rajkot and will stretch across a 1,025.54ha area.

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

It will also include 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 LoA also outlines the work to supply, install, test and commission the airfield ground lighting system, as well as constructing navigation visual aids and bird hazard reduction system.

In November 2019, AAI declared Dilip Buildcon as L1 bidder for the construction of the new Hirasar greenfield airport.

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In October 2019, AAI began work upgrading taxiways and part of the apron area at India’s Chennai International Airport.

The move was part of AAI’s plan to enable the airport to handle larger aircraft on its international routes.

AAI is also set to monetise 759 acres of land near eight major Indian airports.

This will enable private companies to build warehouses, hotels or restaurants on the land.