Electricity privatization: HC says to suspend order on tendering process | Chandigarh News
Chandigarh: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday clarified that the suspension order issued on May 28 concerned the bidding process for UT’s electricity privatization project.
The court cleared its position on the request filed by the UT Powermen’s Union which sought clarification that the May 28 order concerned the suspension of the delegation of two M / s Deloitte officials or the entire tendering process. The petitioners argued that despite the HC’s order, the administration had started to open the bids. The HC clarified that the suspension concerned the tendering process. The high court had, on May 28, suspended the process of privatization of electricity on the request lodged by Gopal Dutt Joshi, general secretary of the union of the powerful men of the UT.
The petitioner had requested instructions from the Union government and the administration of Chandigarh to immediately suspend the further privatization procedures of the UT electricity department, including the opening and finalization offers, until the final adjudication of the main petition, the hearing of which has been set for August 18. .
Recently, the administration of the UT had opened the technical offers of the seven companies and submitted the file to the committee of evaluation of the technical offers. Subsequently, UT planned to open financial offers in the first week of June. UT’s engineering department issued a notice on November 9 last year and issued a tender for a distribution license in Chandigarh. Offers closed on February 8.
On March 8, UT published an amendment to the tender dossier and extended the tender date until March 18. The amendment allowed new bidders to submit their bids and existing bidders to modify theirs.
At an inter-ministerial meeting held in Delhi on February 26, it was decided that the UTs, where the privatization process was in the final stages, would continue the process. No less than 20 potential bidders bought the bids, but only six companies – Sterlite Power, ReNew Wing Energy, NESCL (NTPC), Adani Transmission Ltd, Tata Power and Torrent Power – had submitted their bids. Later, a company from Kolkata, Eminent Electricity Power Company, also participated.
On December 1, 2020, the High Court suspended the privatization until the next hearing and issued an opinion to the Union government, the UT administration and the UT chief engineer on a request filed by the union of powerful men of the UT. The petitioner claimed that he was aggrieved by the decision to privatize the Electric Wing by selling 100% of the government’s shares in the absence of any provision under Article 131 of the Electricity Law of 2003.
However, on January 12, the Supreme Court suspended the High Court’s order. On January 14, the UT administration resumed the sale of the tender for the privatization process.
Subsequently, on February 9, the Supreme Court, in its order, asked the High Court of Punjab and Haryana to rule on the request for preference within three months.