Request for qualification to be issued for Navi Mumbai airport

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The Indian government is in the process of issuing the request for qualification (RFQ) for the construction of the much delayed Navi Mumbai International Airport.

Necessary clearances from the ministry of defence as well as the ministry of environment and forests have been obtained, says the ministry of civil aviation. It adds that the Mumbai high court has also permitted the clearance of mangroves in the airport area.

Local media reports say that after the RFQ process is completed, the government will issue a request for proposal for the construction project. They add that the airport will be built in four stages, with the first phase expected to be completed by 2017.

The Indian government approved a solution last month for land acquisition problems that have delayed the development of a new airport at Navi Mumbai since 2007. An agreement was reached with those affected by the project, which should allow the government to award a tender for construction in the first quarter of 2014.

Navi Mumbai is seen as one of the most important airport projects in India as the city's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport is predicted to reach capacity in 2015. The airport is operated by a subsidiary of Indian infrastructure group GVK.