(2.)In the past the telephone directory used to be printed by the Department at its own cost for the purpose of supplying the same to the telephone subscribers. It was an item of expenditure. Today, the telephone directory has become a source of revenue for the State. This has become possible by making it a medium for advertising by industrial and commercial concerns. A section in distinct "yellow pages" devoted exclusively to advertisements is contained in the directory. The person who undertakes the printing of the directory procures the advertisements from private parties and collects the charges for the same. In return, he supplies a prescribed number of directories free of cost to the Department and also pays to the Department a certain amount by way of royalty. The contract for printing and publishing the telephone directory is normally awarded by inviting tenders and selecting the best offer from among the tenders which are so received. This practice has been in vogue for some time. In Sterling Computers Ltd. v. M and N Publications Ltd. 1 this court has dealt with the award of such a contract for printing and publishing of the telephone directories for Delhi and Bombay. The instant case relates to the telephone directory for Hyderabad.
(3.)By an advertisement published in various newspapers on 22/4/1993 the Department of Telecommunications, Telecom District, Hyderabad invited sealed tenders from competent agencies for printing, binding and supply of specified number of telephone directories in English for three annual issues commencing from 1993, The tenderer was required to supply, free of cost, the telephone directories to General Manager, Hyderabad Telecommunications at the specified distribution points. The tenderer was also required to specify the royalty amount for each issue offered by him. It was mentioned that the successful tenderer will be permitted to procure on his own classified advertisements and cover page advertisements. In the said advertisement it was stated:
"The tenderer should have the experience in compiling, printing and supply of telephone directories to the large telephones systems with the capacity of more than 50,000. 00 lines. The tenderer should substantiate this with documentary proof. He should also furnish credentials in this field. "