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HPPCL favoured firm for contract: Probe panel

Last month,a five-member inquiry committee headed by Sushil Srivastava,Managing Director of HP Power Transmission Corporation,has accused HPPCL of alternating bid documents for the project

Shimla | Updated: April 8, 2014 3:47 pm

The state’s leading PSU,Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL),has come under scanner with a probe panel — set up by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh — confirming that it has committed serious irregularities purportedly to favour a company to get the contract for the 450 MW Shongtong Karcham project.

Last month,a five-member inquiry committee headed by Sushil Srivastava,Managing Director of HP Power Transmission Corporation,has accused HPPCL of alternating bid documents for the project.

“The price bid of Alstom India Limited and Voith Hydro Private Limited — two of the four bidders for electromechanical works at Shongong Karcham — cannot be accepted in their present form,” the committee wrote in its 33-page report. It added that the alterations made by Alstom India had implications related to prices and effected competitive position of the other bidders.

Another company,Andritz Hydro Private Limited had initially raised objections against HPPCL’s move to accept the proposals of Alstom India — a Gujarat-based company. But when its representation was set aside,the company had moved high court. Following the court’s intervention and sitting MP Ratan Singh (Rajasthan) writing a letter in this regard,the government was compelled to take cognizance of the charges.

Later,Virbhadra wrote to Chief Secretary S Roy to get an inquiry done into the charges levelling by the MP,who had also forwarded his findings of former Chief Justice of India A M Ahmadi. In his letter to Virbhadra,Ratan Singh had alleged that Alstom Company,after realising that its bid was the lowest,had made changes in the bid document to elbow out other bidders.

When contacted,Principal secretary (Power) S K B S Negi confirmed that the committee has submitted its report. “The committee has given some findings,which we will put before the Board. Since the charges have been proved,the Board will decide its next course of action,which maybe going for re-bidding. Some disciplinary action will also follow as the chief minister himself had ordered the probe.”

ASHWANI SHARMA

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