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Congress to take legal course on irrigation tenders: Uttam

Hyderabad: The Telangana Congress party has decided to wage a legal battle against the “illegal tenders” called by the State Government for Palamuru Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Scheme.
Speaking to media persons at Gandhi Bhavan on Friday, TPCC president N. Uttam Kumar Reddy described the tender process as a farce. He said the tenders, which close on Saturday, were completely manipulated with the TRS government imposing severe restriction in bidding process to award the works to some favored companies. He said the State would lose 25 to 30% of public money if the tenders are allotted to the companies through the present illegal route created by the TRS Government.
The TPCC chief said they would convene an all-party meeting on the issue and explore legal means to expose the entire scam which is worth more than Rs. 3,000 crore in Palamuru Scheme alone. He also informed that tenders worth Rs 29,333 crore for 18 packages of Palamuru Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Scheme were invited in violation of the rules and set norms. Never-heard-before restrictions were imposed so as to prevent global and national companies from participating in the tender process.
“It never happened in the past that CDR companies were prohibited from participating in Irrigation Department tenders in united Andhra Pradesh. International and national companies were barred from the tender process on the condition that they must be registered in Hyderabad. Further, a number of technical restrictions such as earlier experience of embankment works, revertment and so on were imposed. This was done only to ensure that favoured companies get the works,” he said while alleging that TRS leaders were receiving huge kickbacks by doing so. (NSS)