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Delhi govt rejects CVC findings on CWG projects

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 00:59

New Delhi; Delhi Government today rejected
the Central Vigilance Commission`s report highlighting rampant
corruption in six Commonwealth Games projects implemented by
Public Works Department, saying highest standard of
transparency has been followed in all the works.

Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said all the
required norms and procedures were followed in all the six
projects mentioned by the CVC and his department was putting
every effort to create world-class infrastructure for the
city.

"We are implementing the projects following highest
standard of transparency and efficiency. We have not done
anything wrong. If I have done something wrong then definitely
I will be caught," Chauhan told PTI.

According to an assessment report prepared by CVC`s
Chief Technical Examination Wing, large-scale procedural
violations, including corruption, have been noticed in 16
different projects being carried out by various government
departments.

Six of the projects out of the 16 mentioned by the CVC
are being implemented by Public Works Department of Delhi
Government. The PWD had initiated a host of key infrastructure
projects worth over Rs 5,000 crore as part of its efforts to
enhance city infrastructure ahead of the Games.

The CVC has also found irregularities in three projects
of MCD, two each by Central Public Works Department (CPWD),
Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council
(NDMC) and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise.

Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta also rejected the CVC
findings and said "unnecessarily panic has been created" which
has affected the enthusiasm of the officials who are
associated with the implementation of the projects.

"There is nothing in the reports. These are routine
assessment," he said when asked about the CVC findings.

The CVC report says that almost all organisations
executing construction work for the Games have flouted rules
in tenders and increased their prices. This means contra ctors
have been paid more what they should have got.

Last week, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had said action,
if any, would be taken in this regard after conclusion of the
mega event.

- PTI

First Published: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 - 00:59

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