The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Centre and others on civil engineering construction company Gammon India Ltd’s petion alleging that Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC) has “incorrectly and unlawfully disqualified” it from participating in the recent metro tender of building eight stations in the capital at a cost of Rs 665 crore.
A bench headed by Justice TS Thakur issued notice to DMRC, urban development ministry and the Delhi government after Gammon contended that it was barred from participating in the recent metro tender and sought stay on awarding the contract to GYT-TPL joint venture.
The apex court has posted the matter for further hearing on January 9.
Gammon has also challenged the Delhi high court’s last week’s order that refused to stay the DMRC’s decision barring it for six months from taking part in any tender.
The then DMRC chief E Sreedharan had in 2010 blacklisted Gammon for two years after five labourers died during the construction of the Noida metro line in 2009.
Stating that the Delhi high court erred in not granting an interim order even though it was clear that there was no basis to exclude its financial bid at the time of opening of the same, Gammon stated that the DMRC had acted in flagrant violation of all known standards of non-arbitrariness and fairness in matters concerning distribution of state largesse.