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Ghaziabad metro line under SC’s scrutiny; asks DMRC to submit bid records

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Keeping a hawk eye on the 9-km elevated Metro project from Dilshad Garden to Ghaziabad, the Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to confirm that no unjustified favor was given to any company in awarding the Rs. 600 crore contract.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation was ordered by a bench of Justices T S Thakur and R Banumathi to show all records relating to awarding contract to M/s GYT-TPL, a joint venture of Tata Projects and Guangdong Yuantian Engineering Co of China.

The bench said that it will scrutinize whether any undue favor was granted to the company when the tender of Gammon India was rejected by the corporation. Gammon India asserted that it was unfairly expelled from the project.

The bench asked DMRC to file affidavit informing that the same benchmark was followed for all the contesting companies while issuing the contract.

The petition was filed by Gammon India that claimed that DMRC’s decision not to award it contract was ‘arbitrary and illegal’.

On the other hand, Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who appeared for the Corporation in front of the bench, stated that the decision to not grant contract to Gammon India was taken after viewing the company’s past performance in metro projects in Delhi and Chennai. He said that the company had failed to complete its work on time in Delhi and Chennai.

Kumar also said that DMRC held Gammon India as an ‘unreliable contractor’ which always delayed projects.

“How can you be so sure that other companies have not delayed in delivering the projects? Have you done study on other companies also? Did you ask for information from other companies? You must apply same yardstick to all companies,” the bench scolded the corporation.

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Delhi Forest Department Plans to Develop 11 City Forests During Monsoon

Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season

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The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Pixabay

Delhi’s Forest Department plans to develop 11 forests across the city during the current financial year. Environment Minister Imran Hussain has directed the department to ensure at least six of these are developed in the monsoon season.

Hussain today reviewed the action plan for developing the city’s forest and programme and for carrying out “mega tree plantation” during the monsoon season, the government said in a statement.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forest informed the Minister that his department has proposed to develop 11 city forests during in 2019-20. Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself.

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Hussain directed the department to ensure that at least six city forests are developed early in the monsoon season itself. Wikimedia Commons

“The Forest Department was directed by the Minister to submit a detailed action plan, including timelines, for of development of six city forests immediately,” the statement said.

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The Minister also directed the department to submit a proposal for carrying out mega tree plantation drive to be organized in the last week of July.

“The proposal should clearly indicate the agency-wise targets along with locations for carrying out tree plantation with active participation of people, especially children,” it said. (IANS)