Govt To Reply Over Brakel Allotment In Fresh Reliance Petition

Shimla: To a fresh petition filed by Reliance over allotment of a 960 MW Jangi-Thopan-Powari project, the High Court issued notice to the Himachal government for filing a reply within ten days.

However, the court did grant the petitioner any relief over staying the government decision to go ahead with getting the mega power project executed by Dutch company Brakel Corporation NV.

The Himachal cabinet, earlier in the month, had endorsed the report of the high powered committee of secretaries headed by chief secretary Asha Swaroop to continue with the agreements with Brakel and not cancel the memorandum of understanding with the company.

The allotment of the project had turned controversial after Reliance Energy, a rival bidding company had take the matter earlier to court citing violations of bidding terms and questioning the financial worth of the upstart company to execute such a large project.

However the earlier petition was declared in fructuous after the court asked the government to decide about the violations pointed out.

With the government having decided to overlook the agreement violations pointed out and deciding to sign the implementation agreement with Brakel, the rival company has again petitioned the court, seeking cancellation of the project allotment.

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