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Parliament building: Three firms told to sign secrecy affidavits due to security concerns

A view of the Parliament House and Central Vista. File

A view of the Parliament House and Central Vista. File   | Photo Credit: V. Sudershan

The Central Public Works Department (CPWD) on Wednesday asked the three companies it has short-listed for the new Parliament construction project to sign secrecy affidavits before submitting their financial bids by September 16.

The CPWD on Monday selected the Larsen and Toubro Limited, the Shapoorji Pallonji and Co. Ltd. and the Tata Projects Ltd. from the seven firms that applied for pre-qualification to bid for the project.

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On Monday, it issued an addendum to its June 26 invitation for pre-qualification bids saying four firms that had applied before the July 14 deadline had been disqualified. They were: ITD Cementation India Ltd., NCC Ltd., PSP Projects Ltd. and Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Ltd., an undertaking of the Uttar Pradesh government.

The firms that qualified would be eligible to submit their financial bids online, the CPWD said. Due to security concerns about sharing the drawings with all bidders, the CPWD had decided to seek pre-qualification bids before financial bids, the spokesperson of the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry had said in July.

On Wednesday, the CPWD issued a corrigendum telling the three firms in the running to submit the earnest money deposit of ₹9.50 crore each to access the tender document. They were asked to complete all formalities, including signing an affidavit saying they would keep the drawings secret, failing which they would face action under the Official Secrets Act, before the last day for submitting financial bids.

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The project is part of the government’s proposed redevelopment of the Central Vista, which includes construction of Ministry office buildings after demolishing existing structures and a revamp of the public infrastructure on Rajpath. The cost of the project was revised from ₹889 crore to ₹940.94 crore, according to the corrigendum published on Wednesday. Sources said this was due to the inclusion of maintenance cost for five years.

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