Bidders allege lack of neutrality in tendering platform, conflict of interest

New Delhi: Three companies including SiemensNSE 2.69 % and Karvy Data Management Services have written to the Indian Railways alleging that the tendering platform being used to invite bids for the national transporter’s CCTV installation project is not neutral and that there is a conflict of interest in the bidding process.

The project, announced by finance minister Arun Jaitley in the budget for 2018-19, involves installation of surveillance cameras at 6,000 railway stations at a cost of at least Rs 1,500 crore in the first phase. In the second phase, cameras will be installed in all train coaches.

The railways has entrusted its telecom and technology arm RailTel Corporation of India with the task of implementing the project.

In a letter written to RailTel, Siemens said, “It would be better if the bidding service platform is neutral, which gives more reliance to bidders and will be in public interest at large. We request you to kindly allow re-tendering of the financial bids.”

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