Shivaji Memorial saga continues

The Bombay high court allowed the state to proceed with opening fresh bids on August 11 for the construction of an off-shore memorial to Chhatrapati Shivaji. A division bench of Justice S J Vazifdar and Justice Anil Menon was hearing a petition by Team One Architects India Pvt Ltd, whose conceptual design was selected in 2009 but was later discarded. Team One moved the HC to restrain the state from using any other design and from inviting bids for construction.
The state earlier told the court an attempt to resolve the dispute amicably had failed. The HC was told that the new project was at another site and on a larger area than the one designed by the petitioner and would have a library and an aquarium. Petitioner's advocate Sunip Sen said new tenders were being invited.
He said his client was appointed though a formal contract was not signed. “At the end of the day, it is a contract awarded to me,“ he said. But the judges questioned his claim of an agreement.

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