GMR sticks to $1.4-bn claim for Male contract termination

Written by ENS Economic Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Apr 26 2014, 14:26pm hrs
GMRIn 2012, the $500 mn Male airport development project of GMR was unilaterally scrapped by the govt headed by then President Mohamed Waheed.
The GMR Group, which is contesting the termination of a contract to develop the Male international airport with the Maldives government, reiterated on Friday that it stood by its compensation claim of $1.4 billion.

Sources in GMR said the company is not considering any proposal for reduction in the compensation claim.

GMRs reactions are in response to a Maldivian media report that quoted President Yameen Abdul Gayyoom as saying that his government would have to pay compensation to the Indian company at any cost.

We believe that the government will have to pay compensation to GMR at any cost. Were trying to get the sum that we have to pay lowered were trying to get it reduced to a more plausible sum, the Maldivian news portal Haveeru Online quoted President Gayyoom as saying.

In 2012, the $500 million airport development project was unilaterally scrapped by the government headed by then President Mohamed Waheed. The case had gone for arbitration at the Singapore Court of Appeal.

Under the contract signed in 2010, GMR was to modernise and operate the airport for 25 years.