Govt seeks facts from NHAI on World Bank report
New Delhi: With the World Bank reportedly listing questionable practices in highway projects in UP and Bihar funded by it, Road Transport Minister C P Joshi on Tuesday said government has no connection "with corruption" and has asked for facts from the NHAI.
"Don't put the government in the dock, it has no connection with corruption...World Bank gets projects funded by it investigated independently," Joshi told reporters here.
Joshi said he has come to know only today about a letter to his ministry from the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) enclosing World Bank findings.
These are "with regard to two contractors -- Progressive Construction (PCL) and PCL-MVR JV ", he said, adding that the letter from DEA was received a few days back in the ministry and has been sent to NHAI "for ascertaining facts."
Joshi further said that he will take "appropriate action very shortly" on the report that relates to the period 2005-2008.
The matter pertains to World Bank findings with regard to the two said contractors in Lucknow-Muzaffarpur National Highway Project, Grand Trunk Road Improvement Project and the Third National Highway Project, he said.
He, however, refused to divulge further details saying, "The World Bank has strict confidentiality requirements...I am not aware of this report,I read it in paper".
"Ministry will take action...I want to assure you all that we will not hide facts," he said.
A World Bank official here said that the bank's Institutional Integrity Unit has given a report to the government. However, he did not give details.
Sources said World Bank has provided USD 620 million for Lucknow-Muzaffarpur Highway which is scheduled to complete in June 2012 while the other two projects have been completed.