India-based diversified conglomerate L&T Construction has secured a contract to build Navi Mumbai International Airport in India.

The contract was awarded by Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Limited (NMIAPL), a subsidiary of the GVK group, which secured a deal to construct the airport in 2017.

A concession agreement for the project was reached in January last year.

Under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, L&T Construction’s Transportation Infrastructure and Buildings & Factories Businesses will carry out cut and fill and terminal works, including the construction of departure and arrival forecourts.

The contract involves airfield developments such as a 3,700m-long south runway, airfield ground lighting and taxiway and apron systems.

L&T will also be responsible for landside facilities construction at the greenfield airport, including roads, multi-level car parking, utilities and support facilities.

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L&T CEO and managing director S N Subrahmanyan said: “With its burgeoning demand, Mumbai city was in dire need of a second airport and we are happy that we have bagged the mandate to build the Navi Mumbai airport.

“GVK has entrusted L&T to develop some of their major infrastructures and L&T reciprocates their commitment to build a world-class airport and to transform GVK’s vision into reality. L&T stands committed to a project of global standards to time and quality.

“Having built almost all the major international airports in the country including Terminal 2 of the Mumbai International Airport, this order once again affirms our credentials as the foremost builders of airport infrastructure in the country.”

The value of the contract has not been disclosed, but local media reports suggest it could be more than Rs60bn ($829m).

London-based architect firm Zaha Hadid Architects designed the passenger terminal building for Navi Mumbai Airport.

At the outset, the terminal will be able to handle ten million passengers per annum (MPA). Its capacity is later intended to increase to 20 MPA.

GVK founder and chairman GVK Reddy said: “With the commissioning of the iconic Terminal 2 at Mumbai Airport and designing the under construction Garden Terminal 2 at Bengaluru airport, GVK had set new benchmarks in the Indian airports sector.

“Now for the Navi Mumbai International Airport, we have to raise the bar over and above what we have achieved at Mumbai and Bengaluru airports. For this challenge, we are happy to partner with L&T yet again, as their team is very much in sync with our philosophy of delivering world-class quality and creating landmarks for others to follow.”

L&T Construction is currently completing the construction of major airports at Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Delhi.