In a move that could delay the construction of Amaravati, the Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday informed the Hyderabad High Court that it has decided to withdraw the tender issued for building core area of the capital city.
The government said it would rework the entire exercise and issue a fresh tender notification inviting a request for proposal (RFP) from eligible firms again. “We will do it in accordance with the recent amendments brought to the AP Infrastructure Act,“ AP’s advocate general Dammalapati Srinivas told a bench of acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice U Durga Prasad Rao.The bench was hearing two petitions filed by Aditya Housing Company and another firm challenging the manner in which AP was seeking counter proposals to the original one floated by a Singapore consortium under the Swiss Challenge method.
A single judge had earlier stayed the process last month after terming the state’s approach as not only non-transparent and contrary to the AP Infrastructure Development Enabling Act 2001, but also contradictory to the Swiss Challenge method the government has chosen to award the contract.
eenadu news paper 27-10-2016: http://epaper.eenadu.net