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Left fires fresh ammo in airport war

The Left Front has fired one more salvo in its battle against airport privatisation. In his second letter on the issue, RSP MP Abani Roy has quoted from several government documents to point out irregularities in the process.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 01:09 IST

The Left Front has fired one more salvo in its battle against airport privatisation. In his second letter on the issue, RSP MP Abani Roy has quoted from several government documents to point out irregularities in the process.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, dated February 10, Roy raises several objections. The inter-ministerial group, Roy claims, was not allowed to inspect the original bid documents. He points out flaws in the GMR group's development proposal, where the air-side operations has no clear link with city-side operations. The partner chosen by Reliance, Mexican Airport Authority, is not highly rated internationally, he said.

Roy then quotes the report of the government review committee set up to take a re-look at the evaluations which says, "No independent search of any kind has been undertaken to ascertain whether any document or information submitted by the PQBs are authentic.”

Roy also quotes Planning Commission's recommendations: ask shortlisted bidders should to re-bid, qualify all previously shortlisted bidders disregarding technical evaluation, ask inter-ministerial group to carry out a fresh technical evaluation, let a jury go into the issue or reject all bids and call simpler bids.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 01:09 IST