The State government has accorded sanction for the release of an amount of Rs. 10 crore as State share for Smart City Thiruvananthapuram Ltd for the year 2017-18.
The Smart City project under the city Corporation has been stuck at the management consultancy selection stage for the past few weeks.
Wadia Engineering Services Ltd, the company which was tipped to be selected after the opening of the financial bids, was found to have been blacklisted in Assam. It appeared to be leading the race to be chosen as the consultant after the financial bids were opened in January.
The city Corporation had sought a legal opinion from the Law Department on the course of action to be followed.
A meeting of the Smart City Special Purpose Vehicle held last week decided to entrust the Smart City chairperson to organise a hearing of the company officials. A decision on whether the project should be awarded to Wadia or the company that came up second in the bidding stage, will be taken after the hearing.
Wadia Engineering was blacklisted by the Assam government in December 2017, on allegation of reported forgery involving a project to connect the river island Majuli with Jorhat and Lakhimpur through a bridge. The Public Works Department (NH) of Assam had also terminated the company’s contract on the ground of non-performance.
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