CAG no to Delhi plea to examine only directly-linked CWG works

Delhi Govt`s plea to delink some of the key infrastructure projects from the CWG has been rejected by the CAG as the anti-corruption watchdog directed it to provide details of all 76 projects worth over Rs 16,000 crore.

Last Updated: Nov 03, 2010, 22:54 PM IST

New Delhi: Delhi Government`s plea to delink
some of the key infrastructure projects from the Commonwealth
Games has been rejected by the CAG as the anti-corruption
watchdog directed it to provide details of all 76 projects
worth over Rs 16,000 crore.

After a multi-agency probe into alleged bunglings into
Games spendings was launched, Delhi government late last month
brought down the number of CWG related projects from 76 to 25
and requested CAG to examine only these projects which are
"directly linked" to the event.

"Our request has not been heeded to by CAG. We have been
told by CAG that its scrutiny will cover all the 76 projects,"
top sources told PTI.

The Government had told CAG that 51 projects implemented
by it during the run up to the Games were city improvement
projects and they were in no way linked to the event.

Work on some of the projects were started almost five
years back and the departments concerned have now been told to
prepare comprehensive reports on each of these projects, the
sources said.

They, however, said the government will fully cooperate
with any probe agency.

The projects sought to be delinked from the Games include
those related to flyovers and widening of roads.

Asked about whether CVC has begun its probe into Delhi
Government projects, they said the central agency has
indicated that it will study records of spending by
departments including PWD, Urban Development, Transport,
Environment, Power and Tourism.

According to official figures, various Delhi
government agencies, including the Public Works Department,
had spent over Rs 16,000 crore to enhance city infrastructure
ahead of the Games.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had already asked all the
departments involved in CWG projects to offer full cooperation
to any central agency conducting investigation.

-PTI

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