GMR Group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL) has received three bids for the expansion of Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The airport operator is likely to select the final contractor this week and work on the Rs90bn expansion project is expected to commence by the end of March this year, two officials told Hindustan Times.

Two foreign firms and an Indian firm are involved in the bidding process. The successful bidder will take at least two months to mobilise the workforce and start the work.

Sources told the publication that the selected firm will have to conclude the work in 42 months, though all three bidders have quoted 39 months.

The planned expansion will enable the airport to meet the rapid growth of passenger traffic.

The selected contractor will be responsible for the construction of a new runway and taxiways.

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Plans are also under consideration to widen the roads leading to the airport and construct new approach roads.

“Since T1 is operating beyond its capacity, the expansion will begin from there and cover the airside, terminal building and city side.”

The expansion of Terminal 1 is likely to conclude by 2021 and will boost the airport passenger handling capacity to 85 million per annum from the current 70 million.

Phase 2 of the expansion will involve the construction of another new terminal at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

The airport is building an air traffic control (ATC) tower and fourth runway aimed at reducing air traffic and boosting flight capacity. They are scheduled to be operational in 2019 and 2021, respectively.

A DIAL official told the news agency: “Terminal 1 handles domestic traffic for low-cost carriers. These have registered a phenomenal growth in the last few years, calling for an expansion of the terminal. Delhi Metro under its Phase III programme is connecting this terminal to catchment areas of central and south Delhi.

“Since T1 is operating beyond its capacity, the expansion will begin from there and cover the airside, terminal building and city side.”

The expansion plan also includes inter-terminal connectivity through the Airport Metro between T1 and T3.

Design and development consultant AECOM has been selected by DIAL to complete the preliminary design for the expansion work at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.