Saturday, May 30, 2020

GMR moves HC over cancellation of airport modernization contract

Nagpur: Infrastructure major GMR has approached Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court challenging annulment of bidding process for modernization of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport here.
A division bench comprising justices Sunil Shukre and Anil Kilor on Friday issue notices to the respondents including Mihan India Limited (MIL) and secretary of administrative reforms and special projects at the State General Administration Department (GAD). RM Bhangde received notice on MIL’s behalf.
While adjourning the hearing till June 12, the bench clarified that if any fresh tenders are invited, those would be subjected to the result of this petition.

The petitioners — GMR Airports Limited and GMR Nagpur International Airport Limited — prayed for quashing MIL’s letter issued to them on March 19 annulling the airport bidding process without awarding the contract.
Through senior counsel Jugalkishor Gilda and Charuhas Dharmadhikari, the petitioners demanded directives to the respondents on not undertaking any steps as per the March 19 letter that would be detrimental to their interests and also not to create third party rights in the project by issuing fresh tenders.

According to them, after acceptance of their bid on March 7 last year, the contract has already started. “The MIL asked us to increase revenue sharing percentage, which we were not legally required to do. However, we increased it by almost three times. Still, without assigning any reason, show cause notice or opportunity, the MIL arbitrarily cancelled the bid,” the counsels contended.
30/05/20 Vaibhav Ganjapure/Times of India

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