UP government is finding it difficult to convince top IT players to invest in Rs 1,500 crore dream project of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav - the Information Technology City at the outskirts of Lucknow.
The IT City is to be developed in 100 acres at Chak Ganjaria on Lucknow-Sultanpur road. The last date for for submission of tenders for the Public-Private Partnership project was October 17. However, fearing lack of response, the government has extended the date by over a month and is now planning to float a fresh tender relaxing some of the previously set qualification criteria.
According to sources, the state government decided to extend the date as it had failed to take a decision till October 15, which was last date for purchase of tender document, on relaxation of some of the qualification norms as requested by the bidders about one month back during a pre-bid meeting in Delhi.
The meeting was attended by five companies — HCL, Tata Consultancy Services, Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Micro Devices and CA Technologies — and all had sought relaxation in some of norms.
The fresh deadline for the submission of bids is November 23 and the government will have to decide on the requests of the probable bidders this week. As per the norms, the government has to give at least three weeks time to the bidders in case fresh tender is floated.
The companies want the government to allow a “consortium” to participate in the tender process.
“Some of the companies have communicated that for creation of infrastructure, they need to tie-up with other firms and have thus demanded relaxation of a norm in the present bid document, which allows only a company with annual turn over of over Rs 2,000 crore to participate and not the consortium,” a senior government officer said.
The Government has also made it mandatory that only those companies, which are in operation before August 2008 and whose main business is IT or IT enabled services can participate in the bidding process.
Sources in the Information Technology Department inform that as companies remain adamant on their request,