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Solid waste project awaits HC verdict

The future of the civic body's Solid Waste Management Project, 2016, hangs in balance with Orissa High Court keeping its judgment reserved on the validity of the tender finalised for implementing it.

By Our correspondent in Cuttack
  • Published 10.05.18
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Cuttack: The future of the civic body's Solid Waste Management Project, 2016, hangs in balance with Orissa High Court keeping its judgment reserved on the validity of the tender finalised for implementing it.

The Cuttack Municipal Corporation has not been able to complete the tender process by awarding the five-year contract to the lowest bidder since the high court imposed restriction on it on February 12.

The high court had since taken up for analogous hearing two petitions challenging the validity of the tender process finalised by the civic body. One of the bidders - Jagruti Welfare Organisation (Bhubaneswar) - has challenged the civic body's decision, disqualifying it in the technical bid stage. Giribala Behera, a Congress councillor from ward No. 4, has, by way of a PIL, sought intervention against finalisation of the tender with Metro Waste Handling Private Limited (New Delhi) as the lowest bidder.

The division bench of Chief Justice Vineet Saran and Justice B.R. Sarangi completed hearing and reserved judgment on the two petitions on Monday.

A civic official said: "The future of the Rs 147.26-crore project hinges on the high court verdict as it will pave way for implementing it or push the civic body back to square one."

This is the second attempt by the civic body to complete the tender process to implement the project. It failed to complete the tender process in its first attempt as the high court first issued a stay order on it in September 2016, and later, directed it to invite fresh bids in July 2017.

Subsequently, the municipal corporation had invited fresh bids for the project in September 2017.