After noticing that the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) has scrapped the tender process initiated in June last year for maintenance of 86 toilets across the city, the Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday directed the private company, Selvel Media Services, to hand over possession of toilets to the MC before May 12.
However, MC's counsel submitted to the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli that the MC would take over maintenance of toilets till the time as it was able to revisit the issue as to what were the terms and conditions of fresh tender to be floated for the maintenance of toilets.
At the same time, the MC's counsel informed the court that since Selvel Media Services continued to maintain the toilets beyond April 1, it would be paid on the same terms as it was being paid immediately prior to that, when the tender process was under examination.
Selvel Media Services would be paid till they hand over possession of toilets before May 12.
The petitioner company had challenged the corporation's impugned orders issued on April 1 and 11.
The company had informed the court that in an arbitrary manner in contravention of the high court directions of February 18, the corporation officials had neither awarded the allotment letter to the petitioner in respect of the new contract, nor extended the earlier contract.
The petitioner company had alleged that corporation had failed to allot it a tender worth `6 crore for a period of five years, despite its finance and contract committee taking the decision to allot the tender to them in its meeting held on December 17 last year.