Won't cancel Brakel deals: Himachal tells Supreme Court
Reversing its earlier position, the Himachal Pradesh government has informed the Supreme Court that it would allot the 960-MW Jangi-Thopan and Thopan-Powari power projects to Netherlands-based Brakel Corporation.india Updated: Jul 25, 2010 22:56 IST
Reversing its earlier position, the Himachal Pradesh government has informed the Supreme Court that it would allot the 960-MW Jangi-Thopan and Thopan-Powari power projects to Netherlands-based Brakel Corporation. The state also rejected the allegation of "unfairness" levelled by Anil Ambani group firm Reliance Infrastructure regarding the contract.
In an affidavit filed before the apex court last week, the state said it would not cancel the allotment made in favour of Brakel Corp, which is associated with the Adani Group, contrary to its earlier order in October 2009 cancelling the allotment and imposing a penalty for delay in the project.
The state has denied the allegations of the Anil Ambani group firm that there was "unfairness, arbitrariness and illegality" while awarding the project to the Netherlands-based firm, the highest bidder. The ADAG group firm was the second highest bidder for the two hydro projects coming up on the Sutlej in Kinnaur district.
"All the allegations of unfairness, arbitrariness and illegality made against the state are baseless and deserved to be rejected straightway. All the decisions in the matter have been taken by the council of ministers and after considering the report of the committee of secretaries," said the government.