Himachal decides to award 960 MW project to Reliance Infrastructure

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Published: August 6, 2015 12:06:35 AM

The project was awarded to the Netherlands’ Brakel Corp in 2006 based on a competitive bid process but the state HC cancelled the allocation on the ground of misrepresentation in pre-bid documents of the firm.

Nearly a decade after the Himachal Pradesh government first invited bids for the 960 MW Jhangi-Thopan-Powari hydel project, the state cabinet on Wednesday decided to award the project to Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra). The project was awarded to the Netherlands’ Brakel Corp in 2006 based on a competitive bid process but the state HC cancelled the allocation on the ground of misrepresentation in pre-bid documents of the firm. RInfra had secured the second spot in the bidding.

“The cabinet agreed to allot 960 MW Jhangi-Thopan-Powari hydel project to M/S Reliance Infrastructure Ltd. (It was) further decided that if Reliance Infrastructure does not accept the offer, the project may be advertised afresh for biding,” the state cabinet said in a statement.

After the cancellation of Brakel Corp’s bid, the state government decided to invite fresh bids for the project but the decision was challenged by RInfra in the SC. The state government has now decided to allot the project to RInfra without waiting for the outcome of the plea in the SC. RInfra spokespersons were not immediately available for comment.

 

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