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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 Sees More Number of Dengue Cases This Winter Than The Last One

In 2015, Delhi saw its worst dengue outbreak with more than 11,800 cases and 60 deaths, according to the city's civic bodies

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A new municipal report suggests that dengue cases have increased in the months of November and December this year compared to 2017.

According to the weekly report by the MCD released on Monday, 1,062 dengue cases were recorded in November 2018 while it was 816 in 2017. Even in December 2017, only 81 cases were reported in the national capital while this year 117 cases have already been reported till December 15. Forty-two fresh cases have been registered in the past one week.

So far, four deaths caused by dengue have been confirmed in Delhi which includes a 13-year-old girl from Wazirabad area. The other three cases are reported to be from west and north Delhi.

However, as per the report, 2,774 people have been diagnosed with the vector-borne disease in Delhi so far in 2018. However, the number is less than what it was in 2017 — 4,704.

Delhi sees more dengue cases this winter than last.

In 2015, Delhi saw its worst dengue outbreak with more than 11,800 cases and 60 deaths, according to the city’s civic bodies.

As for malaria, only one new case surfaced last week taking the toll to two till now for the month. In November, 33 malaria cases were reported in the city, according to the municipal report. So far, 473 malaria cases have come to light, while in 2017 it was 575.

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No new cases of chikungunya were reported this week keeping the total number of cases at 3 in the national capital while in November, there were 28 cases. Till date, a total of 164 chikungunya cases have been reported in the city compared to 551 in 2017. (IANS)