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A Muddied Tarmac

The government finds flaws in the airport revamp bids. Pulls up Reliance. Updates

A Muddied Tarmac
Sandeep Adhwaryu
A Muddied Tarmac
outlookindia.com
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It's rare that the Reliance group doesn't succeed in bulldozing its way through the capital's labyrinthine corridors of power. But the manner in which the bidding process for the contracts to modernise and partially privatise the country's two largest airports in Delhi and Mumbai was sought to be manipulated, unsuccessfully, indicates there could be some hope yet for a country where crony capitalism hardly raises too many eyebrows. Influential corporates can fail to convince a pliant political leadership and bureaucracy that is ever willing to bend over backwards to bend rules. Opacity in governance can raise the hackles of not just losers but the public at large.

To be fair, this is not the same Reliance group we once knew. Last week, the bid for the consortium, led by Reliance Airport Developers (which had tied up with the airport operator of Mexico City), a part of the new Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Enterprises group, was downgraded by a panel headed by E. Sreedharan, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation chief, which had been asked to inquire into the evaluation of the bidders....

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