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Panel suggests alternative bidding

Sreedharan panel feels a full-fledged rebidding would take long to conclude.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2006 15:48 IST

A quick bid among pre-qualified bidders for the modernisation of Delhi and Mumbai airports is understood to have been recommended by the experts panel headed by Delhi Metro chief E Sreedharan, which has also maintained that top-class airport developers have been left out from the process.

The Sreedharan Committee, which was appointed by the Committee of Secretaries to evaluate the technical bids of shortlisted bidders, is learnt to have pointed out that a full-fledged rebidding would derail the entire process and take very long to conclude.

Referring to the method adopted by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) in case of major highway projects in Rajasthan, the experts group is learnt to have told the Government that same process of re-bidding among shortlisted bidders should be adopted, as it would be not only be legally sustainable but financially beneficial also.

The benefits of such a re-bid process would offer several advantages, including allowing the eight shortlisted bidders to regroup and engage top-class airport partners, the panel is understood to have suggested and added that it could also clean up the public controversy associated with the bid process.

It is learnt to have said that the re-bid process could be completed in eight weeks.

The empowered Group of Ministers (eGoM) had last week sought more clarifications from the Sreedharan Committee on certain issues it had raised.

First Published: Jan 15, 2006 11:18 IST