January 24, 2006, The Financial Express
New Delhi

The empowered group of ministers (EGoM) on the modernisation of airports will meet on Tuesday to finalise the bidding process of Delhi and Mumbai airports.

As against the two bidders who had qualified the technical round, the EGoM may now consider the bids of more bidders, sources said.

The EGoM in its last meeting had asked the E Sreedharan-committee to evaluate the remaining five bids also, after it had eliminated Reliance-led consortium by giving it less than 80 points, leaving only GMR-Fraport in the race.

Meanwhile, CUTS International, an NGO had asked the government to invite fresh bids and restart the entire airport modernisation process afresh.

“If tendering cannot be conducted in an objective manner, the government must call for new bids and start the entire airport modernisation process afresh,” a CUTS International release said.

“The present process of tendering for the Mumbai and Delhi airport modernisation projects has been shrouded in doubt and opacity. In this case, each of the two bidders who passed the technical evaluation by AirPlan would win one project each. But there are concerns for healthy competition,” said CUTS secretary general Pradeep Mehta.

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