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Final view on bid process next week

The contract to two selected bidders would be awarded by January-end.

india Updated: Jan 19, 2006 18:36 IST

The empowered Group of Ministers on modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports is likely to take a final view on the bid process on January 24.

Thiscomes even as E Sreedharan-led experts panel reiterated that a quick bid among other pre-qualified bidders, other than the GMR-Fraport consortium, be undertaken for awarding the contract for the second airport.

According to highly-placed official sources, the eGoM was very likely to take a final view on the entire process after opening the financial bids of the shortlisted bidders on that day itself.

The contract for the two major airports to two selected bidders would be awarded by January-end, they maintained.

Meanwhile, the experts committee led by the Delhi Metro chief submitted certain clarifications sought by the eGoM, to Cabinet Secretary BK Chaturvedi, who heads the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) on the matter.

The CoS would discuss this report and forward its recommendations to the eGoM headed by Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee, before it meets on January 24.

The Sreedharan-led Group of Eminent Experts (GETE), which had earlier lowered the markings of the consortium led by Reliance Airport Developers below the qualifying level, is understood to have reiterated the need for a quick bid among the pre-qualified bidders, maintaining that GMR-Fraport was the only qualified bidder.

Suggesting that transparency should be explicit in awarding such major contracts, GETE had earlier maintained that top-class airport developers had been left out from the process.

It ruled out a full-fledged rebidding saying that would delay the entire process.

First Published: Jan 19, 2006 18:36 IST