Madras HC dismisses plea against power project allocation

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Chennai | Published: April 8, 2015 1:09:25 AM

The Madras High Court has dismissed writ petitions by CSEPDI - Trishe Consortium, a consortium of India's Trishe Energy...

The Madras High Court has dismissed writ petitions by CSEPDI – Trishe Consortium, a consortium of India’s Trishe Energy Infrastructure Services and Central Southern China Electric Power Design Institute, which dragged Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) to court, alleging that the state utility acted in an arbitrary and unfair manner in refusing the consortium’s bid for the 2×660 mw Ennore super-critical thermal power project, while granting the project to BHEL.

Rejecting the two writ petitions by CSEPDI- Trishe, one against refusing the bid by them and another granting the bid to BHEL, Justice V Ramasubramanian ruled that the petitioner’s accusations to the impugned actions of Tangedco are devoid of merit. The manner in which Tangedco and its officials have conducted the process of evaluation of tenders does not appear to be arbitrary, capricious or unfair. “The price bids of the petitioner as well as BHEL had been evaluated as per the parameters indicated in the tender notification, by an independent consultant, who himself was selected through a tender floated in the earlier stages. Therefore, the writ petitions are bound to be rejected. Accordingly, the writ petitions are dismissed,” Ramasubramanian said.

CSEPDI-Trishe had alleged Tangedco and its officials committed procedural impropriety and failed to comply with the provisions
of Tamil Nadu Transparency in Tenders Act, 1998, and the rules.

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