The Madras High Court would decide on Tuesday the fate of a tender floated by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) in November 2016 inviting international bids for designing, building and maintaining for 20 years, a 150 million litres per day (MLD) desalination plant, based on Sea Water Reverse Osmosis at Nemmili on East Coast Road here.

Justice T. Raja has posted a writ petition that sought for quashing the 2016 tender notification for final hearing on Tuesday and directed CMWSSB to maintain status quo till then.

Ranchi-based firm Singh Electricals and Constructions, one of the bidders in the tender process, had filed the writ petition. It also sought for a consequential direction to call for fresh tenders.