PWD jacked up prices of Games projects

first_imgIt’s no doubt that Suresh Kalmadi is in for a tough time over allegations of corruption related to the Commonwealth Games.Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit.Be it Prime Minister Manmohan Singh or Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) is being given the royal snub ever since the Games ended.While the Prime Minister has ordered a probe over alleged financial irregularities, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit has gone on record claiming the needle of suspicion is on the Kalmadi-led OC. But in her haste to blame Kalmadi and company, the chief minister perhaps failed to overlook the doings of her own departments.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has pointed out several irregularities in the two showpiece road projects built specially for the Commonwealth Games by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the state government. In documents provided in an RTI reply to Mail Today, the CVC has expressed shock at how the cost of the prestigious elevated road over Barapullah Nullah could increase by over Rs 80 crore.The RTI query found out that while the estimated cost was Rs 352 crore, the tender was awarded for Rs 433 crore and that too within days of drawing up the estimate.”The estimate for the project was approved on July 30, 2008. Approximately 90 per cent items in the estimate were calculated on the prevailing market rate. But the work was awarded by the PWD (in August the same year) on higher rates by 23 per cent,” the CVC said in its reply.advertisementThe CVC has also indicted the PWD’s Ring Road bypass project, which provided dedicated access to the Indira Gandhi Stadium.The tender for this project was awarded by the department for Rs 214 crore to M/ S Simplex Infrastructure Ltd against an estimated cost of Rs 172 crore. The CVC documents say the tender was awarded by the PWD at “very high rates” by jacking up prices of materials and labour by as much as 36 per cent.” The amount was highly inflated by various methods. In labour rates, Rs 3.68 crore was included as transportation cost from labour camp to site of work which was not justified.Surprisingly, labour camps were allowed on site and do not involve any transportation of labour. There was another unjustified amount of Rs 25.84 crore by way of 25 per cent extra charges on labour and machinery cost,” the CVC document pointed out.With inputs from agencieslast_img

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