The din in the Lok Sabha will be louder soon as the 20-year-old audio conferencing and voting system is set for a replacement.
The Delhi High Court on Tuesday cleared the decks for the installation of a unique sound and voting system with digital technology by upholding Centre’s contract with renowned German Company Bosch.
The commencement of work on the project was on hold since 2009 owing to a court stay. Rival German firm Brahler, had challenged the bid awarded to Bosch.
“Change was required due to several faults during debate and voting. Brehler which provided the existing system did not have a office set-up in India. Spare parts and repairmen were not available. Maintenance was a problem,” said Jatan Singh, Centre’s lawyer.
The MPs are however divided about the change. “Despite minor glitches the voting and sound systems are fine. There is no need to spend huge amounts of money,” said CPI(M) veteran, Basudeb Acharia.
Congress MP, Anu Tandon does not agree. “Technology changes in months, forget years. The change is welcome.”
Bench headed by Justice S.K Kaul saw reason and upheld Centre’s decision to stipulate in the tender a permanent office in India and service centre for past three years for bidders. This was being challenged by Brahler.
The litigation also proved costly for Brehler as the court imposed a fine of R3.57 lakh to be paid to Centre and Bosch towards expenses.