KARNATAKA

High Court stays re-tendering of road project

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court stayed the re-tendering of six-lane Bangalore-Mysore-Nanjangud highway project.

The State Government last year called for tenders to the tune of Rs. 300 crore that would link Bangalore with Nanjangud. The current road between Bangalore and Mysore and the road from Mysore to Nanjangud was proposed to be expanded to accommodate traffic on six lanes.

Although 12 organisations had expressed interest, only four had shown interest. During bidding in August, only one firm-KMC-had come forward to execute the project. The State had then decided to call for tenders saying that it would not be appropriate to award contract to only one firm.

The State then called for fresh tenders to the project. Aggrieved by this order, KMC had moved the High Court. It said it had submitted its tender on merits and that it could not be faulted if no other company had come forward to take up the project.

It urged the court to stay the re-tendering project.

Justice Ravi Malimath stayed the re-tendering project and adjourned hearing of the case.

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