Bio-medical Waste: Defence Ministry Report On Aug 27

New Delhi, July 25: | Updated: Jul 26 2002, 05:30am hrs
The defence ministry will submit its final report on the tender proceedings for supply and commissioning of autoclaves to treat bio-medical waste on August 27 before the Delhi high court.

This was stated by Union government counsel Meera Bhatia at a hearing on a petition filed by Australian Waste Service.

Ms Bhatia informed a division bench comprising chief justice SB Sinha and justice AK Sikri that all the papers on the subject have been sent by the director general of armed forces medical services (DGAFMS) to the defence ministry for its approval.

In July 1998, a notification was issued by the environment and forest ministry for procurement and installation of waste disposal equipment. An indent for 55 autoclave for 39 military hospitals was accordingly raised on October 11, 2000.

The DGAFMS had floated a tender on November 5, 2000 for supply, installation and commissioning of autoclaves on turnkey basis for the purpose of disinfecting and treating bio-medical waste. Technical offers of three firms, San-I-Pac, Maridi Ecotherm and Australian Waste Services represented by Food Processing were accepted. On the approval of the technical evaluation report by the Union government, price bids of the three firms were opened on December 7, 2001.

Counsel Suman Bagga appearing on behalf of Australian Waste Services had submitted before a division bench comprising Chief Justice SB Sinha and Justice AK Sikri that the company met the specifications of the tender documents and that its price bid was found to be the lowest one.u

She submitted that the technical bid of Maridi Ecotherm did not meet the mandatory requirements of the tender documents and so ought to have been technically disqualified and its price bid should not have been opened at all.

Australian Waste Services alleged that it had come to know that the government was further negotiating with Maridi Ecotherm and was offering to pay it more price than that quoted by it in case it added more features to its device. As such, it moved to the court.