Ghaziabad Metro Line comes under Supreme Court scruitny

Ghaziabad (GZB): The 9-km elevated Metro project from Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad on Wednesday came under scrutiny of the Supreme Court which directed DMRC to place all records before it to show that no undue favour was granted to any company in awarding the Rs 600 crore contract.

A bench of Justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi directed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation(DMRC) to bring all records pertaining to giving contract to M/s GYT-TPL, a joint venture of Tata Projects and Guangdong Yuantian Engineering Co of China.

The bench said it would analyse whether any undue favour was given to the company while rejecting the tender of Gammon India which claimed it was unfairly barred from the project. It asked DMRC to file affidavit stating that same yardstick was followed for all companies in the fray while awarding the contract.

There will be seven stations on the metro stretch that will link Dilshad Garden with Ghaziabad. The court had earlier asked DMRC to maintain status quo with regard to construction work.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Gammon India claiming that DMRC’s decision not to grant it contract was ‘arbitrary and illegal’. It said DMRC rejected its bid despite being the most trusted infrastructure company of the country.

Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, appearing for the Corporation, told the bench that the decision was taken after considering the company’s past performance in metro projects in Delhi and Chennai where it had failed to complete work on time.

He said DMRC held Gammon India as an ‘unreliable contractor’ which always delayed projects.

The bench thereafter asked the SG whether the corporation had also considered the past performance of other companies while awarding the contract. It asked DMRC to substantiate its claim of fair play by placing all relevant documents before it on next date of hearing on April 29.

“How can you be so sure that other companies have not delayed in delivering the projects? Have you done study on other companies also? Did you ask for information from other companies? You must apply same yardstick to all companies,” the bench said.

Gammon India approached SC after the Delhi high court on April 15 dismissed its plea against DMRC. The HC had said that evaluation by the expert committee appeared to be bona fide.