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FORMER INDIAN CRICKET TEAM CAPTAIN KAPIL DEV NAMED IN A ROW OVER GOLF COURSE NEAR NRI COMPLEX

A petition has been filed against the bidding process adopted by CIDCO for development and management of the golf course in Navi Mumbai. The petition states that the process was illegal. Even Cricketer Kapil Dev who is a golf enthusiast, has been named as a respondent in a petition. It may be recalled that in October 2002, CIDCO had floated tenders for development of a golf course of international standards near the NRI complex in Nerul. Of the bidders, BSEL Infrastructure Reality was one of the leading ones for the contract, worth over Rs 33 crore. CIDCO had then reportedly formed a panel of experts, including architect Hafeez Contractor and representatives from Australia-based Pacific Course Design for the bid. The bid submitted by BSEL was in the month of November 2002. The others who bided included Mistry Construction Co Pvt Ltd and Makhija Developers Pvt Ltd. In the evaluation, BSEL had scored 84% while Mistry Construction scored 57.43%, which was below the minimum qualification level of 75 per cent. But in June 2004, Mistry Construction was awarded the contract. On this, BSEL challenged CIDCO’s decision in the Mumbai High Court, which set aside the award of the contract and appointed a committee of five persons, including former CIDCO chief V M Lal, former MMRDA chief Suresh Joshi, cricketer Kapil Dev to assess the technical proposals submitted by BSEL and Mistry Construction. The committee found that BSEL’s bid did not meet the technical parameters, contradictory to what CIDCO had stated earlie when it had given BSEL high ratings of 84%. This committee said that the contract be awarded to Mistry Construction. BSEL again moved the court stating that two committee members, Lal and Joshi, were replaced by present CIDCO chief Ashok Sinha and current MMRDA Chief T A Chandrashekhar, which deviate from the court order. Also, the report was submitted much after the scheduled time. BSEL tried to procure a copy of the committee’s report from CIDCO using the Right to Information Act, but did not get any response. Hence, it moved the HC for a second time. In this new petition, cricketer Kapil Dev has been named in the petition because he was part of the committee set up the HC to look into the allegations levelled by BSEL.

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