Aitken Spence takes SLPA to court over Hutchison bid
The Court of Appeal on Monday issued notice on the Sri Lanka Ports
Authority (SLPA) in a writ application filed by Aitken Spence and
Company Ltd. seeking to reject the bid of Hutchison Port Holdings Ltd.
in the tender process relating to the South Container Terminal of the
Colombo Port Expansion Project.
The court issued notice returnable on October 10. The Bench comprised
Justice K. Sripavan and Justice Rohini Perera.
Petitioner Aitken Spence and Company Ltd. cited eight respondents
including the SLPA, Chairman and the members of the Cabinet Appointed
Negotiating Committee (CANC) as respondents.
Aitken Spence stated that the Government is proposing to expand the
Port of Colombo through Sri Lanka Ports Authority under the Colombo Port
Expansion Project to develop its status as a regional hub.
The company said the project will include the construction of basic
infrastructure and will be followed by the construction of three
terminals in stages.
The petitioner stated that the expansion will be undertaken in
collaboration with the public and private sectors where the Government
will be financing the basic infrastructure of the Port with the funding
of the Asian Development Bank while the private sector will finance,
design, build and operate the new terminals under BoI concessions.
Aitken Spence alleged that CANC illegally and beyond its legal
authority continued to evaluate the Bids of, Hutchison Port Holdings who
were disqualified and ineligible in terms of the amended RFP document.
The notice will be returnable on October 8.