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Tamil Nadu: Plan to deploy modern pushcarts on Marina beach put on hold January 13,2021   |  Source: The Hindu

Steps taken by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), at the insistence of the Madras High Court, to procure and deploy 900 modern pushcarts for use by vendors at Marina Beach hit a roadblock with the Supreme Court directing the civic body to maintain status quo. Justices Rohinton Fali Nariman, Navin Sinha and K.M. Joseph passed the interim order on an appeal preferred by AIR Systems Limited, one of the bidders for the supply of the push carts. The judges directed the Corporation to maintain status quo as on Tuesday and not proceed further.

In 2015, Fishermen Care, a non-governmental organisation, had filed a public interest litigation petition in the High Court regarding welfare of fishermen. In 2018, a Division Bench, led by Justice Vineet Kothari (now transferred to Gujarat High Court), expanded the scope of the case. The Bench began issuing a series of directions for the beautification of Marina Beach by regularising vendors and clearing the fish sellers squatting on its loop road. As part of the beautification process, the GCC decided to procure modern and colourful pushcarts. When tenders were called for, two firms submitted their bids.

While AIR Systems Limited quoted ?16.44 crore, A Quad Enterprises quoted ?17.20 crore. However, the tender was allotted to the

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