Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Airports Authority of India directed to float new tender for appointing Master Concessionaire

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Friday directed the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to call for a fresh tender for Appointment of Master Concessionaire to design, build, finance, operate and maintain general retail outlets at the Chennai Airport. Justice M Duraiswamy set-aside the bid submitted by Bangalore-based Evolve Business Ventures (EBV) and declared it as contrary to the tender conditions of Request For Proposal (RFP) dated October 2016. The order was passed on a petition filed by Travel News Services (India), New Delhi. In October 2016, the AAI (Southern Region) floated a  tender for which EBV was declared the highest bidder.

However, according to the petitioner, two firms that were placing bids – Bhawar Lifestyle and EBV – were related and under the same management team. “The relationship between two bidders need not necessarily be corporate relationship, but a close relationship of two bidders that puts either or both of them in a position to have access to each other information about or to influence the proposal of either or each other, shall be deemed to have conflict of interest,” said Justice Duraiswamy. The petitioner had written to the AAI authorities highlighting the violation of RFP conditions and requested them to disqualify the bids submitted by the two firms. However, the AAI  did not pay heed to this and opened the financial bids on December 22, 2016.
16/08/17 New Indian Express