Bidders protest against airport financial procedure
Some aspirants have started shooting off protest letters to Prime Minister against the procedure laid down for the purpose.india Updated: Jan 31, 2006 16:05 IST
Barely hours before the awarding of contracts, several bidders have begun protesting against deviation from tender conditions, with some even taking legal opinion.
After receipt of a communication from the Government on the manner in which financial bids would be opened for awarding of the contract, some aspirants have started shooting off protest letters to Prime Minister against the procedure laid down for the purpose.
Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said on Tuesday morning that the revenue issue would be looked into only after the financial bids of the private consortia were opened.
Government has made elaborate security arrangement at the Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, the headquarters of the Civil Aviation Ministry, in view of the agitation threatened by the employees of Airports Authority of India.
In its communication, the Government informed the bidders that GMR-Fraport would be asked to choose one of the two airports as it was the sole technically qualified bidder. It would be asked to match the highest financial bid.
For the other airport, the top bidder would be awarded the contract, sources in the know of the development said.
Following this, a source in DS consortium said that they were writing to the Prime Minister to bring to his notice the deviation from the Request for Proposal (RFP) document which had stipulated that only bidders qualifying at 80 marks would be considered for purpose.