Cabinet to take final decision on Amaravati development partner

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The Authority met on Tuesday at the secretariat under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary S.P. Tucker.

Hyderabad: Infrastructure Authority has left the decision on Swiss Challenge proposal submitted by Singapore consortium of companies, to the Cabinet. The Authority met on Tuesday at the secretariat under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary S.P. Tucker and discussed the Swiss Challenge proposal. Without taking any decision, the Authority advised the state government to follow the rules while adopting the Swiss Challenge approach for the selection of Amaravati development partner.

Meanwhile, the state government is likely to take a decision on this issue at the Cabinet meeting scheduled for June 24 at Vijayawada. The Cabinet may give green signal to Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) to call for competitive tenders on the proposal of Swiss Challenge method submitted by Singapore Consortium. The Infrastructure Authority met twice in four days to discuss the Swiss Challenge proposal.

At the first meeting, the Authority had taken a decision to avail the Advocate-General’s opinion on the matter. Sources said that the Advocate-General gave his opinion via media and ac-cording to that the Authority’s meeting held on Tuesday without taking a firm decision, advised the government to ensure that  rules are followed while going in for Swiss Challenge method for the selection of Amaravati development partner.

Meanwhile a senior official said that the Authority has nothing to do with the report submitted by the high-powered committee or Swiss Challenge proposals submitted by Singapore consortium. He said that CRDA has already approved the proposals submitted by Singapore and there is no need for the Authority to accept the proposals or High Powered Committee report.

He explained that the duty of the Authority is to see whether the proposals match the state government’s aims and objectives or not.  He said if the proposals are according to the state government’s objectives the Authority will give permission to CRDA calling for competitive bids on Swiss challenge proposals submitted by the Singapore consortium.

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