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Justify rejection of Reliance's plan: HC to Govt.

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Feb 22 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today asked the Government to justify the rejection of the initial development plan (IDP) submitted by the Reliance-ASA consortium despite it bagging the highest marks by the Evaluation Committee.

A division bench of Justice Tirath Singh Thakur and Justice B N Chaturvedi questioned the reasoning of the government to reject the IDP submitted by the Reliance, despite fetching the highest mark of 44 from the Evaluation Committee comprising international technical evaluators-- Mssrs Airplane, ABN Amro Bank and Amarchand Mangaldass.

''Why has the committee comprising Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Managing Director E Sreedharan and Railways Financial Commissiner Shivdasani disqualified the IDP of the Reliance?'' questioned the court.

Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Gopal Subramanium, who appeared for the government, said he would clarify the points during his submission tomorrow.

Quoting the Technical Committee reports, the Court questioned how could the GMR-Fraport bag the contract for the modernisation of the Delhi Airport despite getting 30 points and with a comment that ''the IDP in the present form was not suitable for implementation''.

Even the observation of the Technical Committee on the IDP of the GVK-ACS was ''of medium level'', but it was given the bid to develop the Mumbai airport, the court observed.


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