India considers PPP e-auction

Asset sales and PPP projects in India over Rs100 crore may be conducted through online auctions.

Pressure from the main opposition party and Supreme Court is forcing the government to increase transparency in all government contracts.

Sources quoted in local press said that a proposal is being prepared for first-stage clearance by a Committee of Secretaries to extend the "application of 3G spectrum auction methodology for other sectors, except for roads and highways".

However, although the method has been used previously for telecommunications contracts, the same source said it has not yet found complete acceptance within the ministry

The draft is considered sketchy with "no serious thinking" on the threshold limit or the sectors it would cover, the source said.