Mumbai: The civil aviation ministry is expected to invite bids for the modernisation of 35 non-metro airports in the country soon. According to civil aviation ministry officials, though the date for inviting bids for the modernisation of such airports has not been announced, it was very likely that newspaper advertisements may be issued soon asking for such bids to be made.
Officials have also indicated that the ministry may not allow private firms to 'cherry pick' airports, but rather bid for them in 'bunches.'
Development of non-metro airports across the country, such as those of Jammu, Varanasi, Vishakhapatnam, Trichi, Khajuraho, Nagpur, Dimapur, Aurangabad and Imphal will spur economic growth in the respective regions.
It is estimated that the development of non-metro airports would require an investment of over Rs1,000 crore.