Thursday, August 25, 2016

NGO claims Mopa bid has been fixed

Panaji: Outlook for Social Change (OSC), headed by Professor A K Tripathi, has alleged that the Mopa airport bid has been fixed with one of the bidders by the State government.
Addressing the media, Tripathi claimed that three of the five qualified bidders – GMR, GVK and Airports Authority of India (AAI) – are in the process of backing out from the final bidding, which is slated for August 26.
Tripathi, however, added that if the chief minister goes ahead to award the bid to a private party, OSC will commence an indefinite peaceful protest outside the CM’s residence, demanding that the government wait for the NGT order on environmental concerns. The hearing on this case is scheduled on September 21.
He said that against all norms of good governance, the government has shown no respect to the constitutional authority vested in the NGT and added that a leading foreign airport company, Zurich Airports, which had entered into a joint venture with an Indian private bidder, has understood the environmental aspects including destruction of natural heritage and therefore terminated their joint venture with Essel Group.
25/08/16 Goacom
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