BSNL will not re-offer ‘mega-tender’

22 Feb 2010

State-owned Indian telco Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) has said it is unlikely to retender its troubled 93-million GSM line ‘mega-tender’, the Business Standard reports. Kuldeep Goyal, chairman and managing director of BSNL, said of the matter: ‘BSNL does not need to scrap or re-issue its INR350 billion (USD7.55 billion) GSM lines tender, as suggested by the Central Vigilance Commission [CVC], as the existing tender conditions already have a clause that the company can reduce the size of the tender on its own as per requirements,’ adding ‘The tender was to be executed in three phases. Under the tender provisions, we can limit the tender to just the first phase — for 31 million lines. Second, it can be reduced to 50% of the total quantity — about 46 million lines, or 50% of the second and third phase — 31 million lines.’