GVK group chairman GVK Reddy. (Mint)
GVK group chairman GVK Reddy. (Mint)

GVK to spend Rs8,500 crore on Navi Mumbai airport phase-I

  • The greenfield airport will be built on 1,160 hectares in phases and eventually cater to 60 million passengers per year
  • GVK group chairman GVK Reddy says the project is on track and going on well

HYDERABAD : The GVK group, which is in the process of developing Navi Mumbai International Airport, will be spending Rs8,500 crore in the first phase to cater to 10 million passengers per annum, Chairman of the infra major GVK Reddy said here on Wednesday.

The airport is a public-private partnership venture in which the GVK-led Mumbai International Airport has a 74% stake with CIDCO, the Maharashtra government's nodal agency for the project, holding the remaining 26%.

The greenfield international airport will be built on 1,160 hectares in phases and eventually cater to 60 million passengers per year.

"In the first phase, it is going to be about Rs8,500 crore. It goes in phases. It will be 10 million passengers (in the first phase). Maybe by spending another Rs2,500 crore or Rs3,000 crore, another 20 million can go ahead.

The project is on track and going on well," Reddy told shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of GVKPIL (GVK Power and Infrastructure Limited).

The concession agreement for Navi Mumbai International Airport was signed on January 8, 2018 between Navi Mumbai International Airport and City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO).

GVK, which currently manages the Mumbai International Airport through its subsidiary GVK Airport Developers, said Yes Bank would be the lead bank and mandate lead arranger for phase I and phase II of the Navi Mumbai airport project.

The initial concession period is 30 years from the appointed date which is extendable for a further 10 years.

Navi Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd proposed and submitted master plan to CIDCO and also provided performance security as per the terms of concession agreement.

The company has arranged its debt funding requirements for the phase-I of NIMIAL project from Yes Bank Limited and is in the process of finalising the financing and security documents.

Ninety four percent of land development works have been completed as on April 30, 2019 and about 85% of structures at the site have been demolished and vacated by CIDCO, Reddy said.

Replying to another query, he said the group is determined to acquire the 13.5% in Mumbai International Airport Limited owned by South African firm Bid Services Division Mauritius or Bidvest.

Other shareholders are ACSA Global (Airports Company of South Africa) which owns 10%, Airports Authority of India (26%) and GVK Airport Holdings, which is the majority owner with a 50.5% ownership in the company that runs the country's second busiest airport.

GVK has already announced its intention to acquire ASCA Globals 10% stake.


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