Chandigarh: The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP authorities in Haryana has cancelled contracts with Chinese companies for putting in air pollution management gear price Rs 780 crore at two of its thermal power amenities, within the wake of heightened rigidity between the 2 neighbours.
The contracts had been awarded by the Haryana Power Generation Corp Ltd (HPGCL) by international tendering for the set up of the gear within the crops in Yamunanagar and Hisar cities.
While the Beijing SPC Environment Protection Tech was awarded contract for the Deen Bandhu Chhotu Ram Thermal Power Station in Yamunanagar, the Shanghai Electric Corp was shortlisted for the Rajiv Gandhi Thermal Power Plant in Hisar.
The value quoted by them was aggressive, officers admitted.
National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) was advisor on the time of bidding the contracts.
The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in its environmental pointers in December 2015 made the set up of air pollution management gear necessary in thermal power crops.
With the cancellation of tenders, the state authorities has now determined to ask contemporary tenders however from companies registered in India solely.
Against the tender for the power station in Yamunanagar, 5 bids had been obtained, through which three had been from Chinese bidders and the others from Indian bidders.
In the tender for the plant in Hisar, three corporations participated, with two being Chinese and the third one home firm with a international collaborator.
“In both the tenders, L-1 bidders (lowest bid) are Chinese and the prices received are competitive. Though the rate received were competitive, however, the government of Haryana has decided to cancel these tenders and to float fresh tenders based on the domestic bidding on the pattern of NTPC, which is allowing bidders which are registered in India only,” a press release mentioned.