The Indian Railways tender to get itself 3.78 lakh mobile phone connections has run into rough weather with a couple of bidders claiming that the lowest bidder Reliance Jio has violated a tender condition. The tender floated by RailTel, the telecom arm of Railways, was opened on October 18, but yet to be awarded. The other bidders are Airtel, Vodafone-Idea and state-owned BSNL.
The contentious clause, a new introduction in the tender process this time, stipulates that “the rates across different plans will not vary more than 50 per cent of minimum data rates quoted in any of the plan.”
Sources said some bidders have alleged that the condition restricted their pricing offer while the same did not seem to have been applied on Jio—an allegation the company has denied. Read More