Swiss Challenge Stayed

  • HC Asks AP To File Counter
  • Hearing Again October 31

Hyderabad:  The joint High Court of AP and TS has on Monday ordered a stay on the Swiss Challenge method being adopted by Andhra Pradesh government to develop Amaravati as new capital city. A construction company had filed a petition questioning the secrecy in the process of selecting the bidder. The petitioner prayed for orders making it mandatory for the government to make the details of the first bid public in true spirit of Swiss Challenge method. The court asked the AP government to file a counter. The hearing would resume on October 31.

The method of selecting the bidder has become controversial when the bid submitted by Singapore consortium was kept in sealed cover. The very concept of Swiss Challenge is open competition. The first bid has to be publicised widely  and other bidders have to be given fair chance to compete. The judge has questioned the secrecy during the course of hearing.

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