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Changing The Rules In Mid-Air

The manner in which the airport privatisation bids were handled has raised many questions

Changing The Rules In Mid-Air
Changing The Rules In Mid-Air
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The government hasn't covered itself in glory by following a convoluted, arbitrary and opaque bidding process that led to a flurry of allegations of nepotism. Few were, therefore, surprised at the legal recourse taken by a bidder criticising the implementation of the programme to revamp the nation's two largest airports. This, because the tendering system was marked by subjective evaluation criteria and frequent changes in rules while the game was on. The criteria to judge the technical bids were subjective to begin with. The private consultants appointed by the ministry prepared an evaluation report that was first considered by a government review committee and then an inter-ministerial group (IMG). But five out of seven members of the IMG expressed serious reservations about the evaluation.

The complicated manner in which the bids were processed by a series of six committees has ironically enabled at least one bidder, the Reliance-ASA (Mexico) consortium, to appear as a victim after it...

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