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Airport rejig: Centre to give reports to Reliance

The Centre agreed to provide to Reliance Airports Developers official documents relating to the airports modernisation bidding process.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 20:17 IST

The Centre on Tuesday agreed to provide to Reliance Airports Developers (RAD) official documents relating to the airports modernisation bidding process.

The documents also included the entire technical evaluation report of all the bidders submitted by the Evaluation Committee (EC).

Appearing for the Centre, Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanian said the government was also ready to provide minutes and report of the Inter Ministerial Group (IMG) and the full report of the Government Review Committee (GRC).

However, he said it could not provide minutes of the meetings of the Empowered Group of Ministers, at which the Division Bench of Justice Tirath Thakur and Justice BN Chaturvedi asked him to file reasons for not doing so.

Meanwhile, appearing for RAD, senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi pointed out that GMR-Fraport's Initial Development Plan for Delhi airport had been found poor and unsatisfactory by the EC, a fact that was reaffirmed by the GRC and the IMG.

He argued that RAD had lost out on the award of contract despite their bid being "near perfect" on the technical side.

Referring to the EC report, he said RAD's IDP for Delhi, a crucial aspect for the modernisation bid, had been evaluated as being "of a high standard with no significant area of weakness".

Rohtagi contended that the two-member Group of Eminent Technical Experts committee, comprising Delhi Metro Chief E Sreedharan and Railways Financial Commissioner Sivadasan, had failed to look at the development aspect of the bid, which carried 50 per cent weightage.

While admitting that RAD did not have a "proper" management proposal to partner the development aspect of the bid, Rohtagi, however, alleged that their bid had been "downgraded" to make them "ineligible" for award of contract.

RAD is expected to make submissions on the Sreedharan Committee report on Wednesday and proposes to close their arguments by Thursday.

On Monday, RAD had accused rival GMR group's consortium partner Fraport of having a tainted international track record which it alleged was concealed at the time of bidding.

RAD also complained that despite being "tainted" on various fronts, the GMR-Fraport combine misled the Government by claiming expertise in the construction of the Manila and Uzbekistan airports.

It was contended that the additional 0.5 points awarded to the consortium on the claim of previous expertise eventually resulted in the combine bagging the contracts.

Rohtagi also argued that the Group of Eminent Technical Experts (GETE) which awarded the final technical points was also not competent to judge the issue.

He pointed out that its two members -- Sreedharan and Sivadasan, could not be called technical experts as they belonged to an altogether different ministry and area of knowledge.