The Indian Government is expected to begin the bidding process for a new international airport project in Navi Mumbai by the end of this year.
The public-private partnership project is expected to receive the final environmental clearance in October and will take five years to complete.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel told reporters in India: "We can kick off the tendering process by the end of this year and it can be sealed within the next six months."
The project has already been delayed by four years and work on the first phase should have started in 2008, according to the Business Standard.
The new airport will have a capacity of 60 million passengers a year by 2013.
The non-aeronautical assets will be constructed along with the airport terminal and two runways, but the basic location of the airport will not be changed.