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DJB under CBI scanner: Quiz Delhi CM, says BJP

Last Updated: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 19:44

New Delhi: In the wake of CBI probing alleged irregularities in award of projects by Delhi Jal Board, BJP on Friday demanded that Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit be quizzed as she is the chairperson of the water distribution agency.

"CBI should immediately question Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who heads the Delhi Jal Board, while investigating the scams," Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said while addressing a press conference.

The agency has registered three separate Preliminary Enquiries with regards to public-private partnership project with a European firm for supplying uninterrupted water supply to Nangloi, Malviya Nagar and Mehrauli areas.

DJB has rejected the allegations of wrongdoing.

CBI has alleged that tender conditions for uninterrupted water supply to these areas were "tailor-made" to suit one of the bidders, prompting the agency to start separate enquiry for each of these areas.

The investigating agency has also registered another enquiry related to alleged irregularities in the quality testing of water supply meters purchased from an infrastructure major private company.

"It is a very serious matter. The Chief Minister, as head of Delhi Jal Board, is directly responsible for the scam. Several representations by several people and organisations were made to Dikshit and the Delhi Jal Board CEO but they did not act on them," Goel alleged.

He claimed that people will be forced to pay higher water tariffs as DJB has floated tender last month for installation of four lakh water metres and that the tender conditions were "tailor-made" to suit certain players.

Goel alleged that a "massive scam" has already taken place in installation of four lakh water metres earlier this year as each of these devices were procured at Rs 6,500 each against the actual cost of Rs 3,500.

"Delhi BJP demands a complete probe into the latest tendering process for installing these metres. We also demand that all test reports of Fluid Control Research Institute (FCRI), Palkkad, Kerala regarding these metres should be made public," Goel said.

The fourth enquiry registered by CBI is in connection with alleged irregularities in the quality testing of meters. The enquiry is against unknown officers of Fluid Control Research Institute, Palakkad, unknown officers of Delhi Jal Board, Larsen and Toubro and SPML Infra Limited.

It is alleged that water meters sent to FCRI, Palakkad, Kerala for quality testing were allegedly first rejected but when these meters were again sent to the Institute, they were cleared without any changes, according to CBI sources.

For the contract for Mehrauli project, CBI has registered preliminary enquiry against unknown officials of Delhi Jal Board, SPML infra, Suez Environment, Veolia Water India Limited, Shiv Marwah and Associates and Jalakam Solutions.

The preliminary enquiry related to Malviya Nagar area is against unknown Delhi Jal Board officials, Suez Environment, SPML infra, Veolia Water India Limited, DRA consultants and Shah Technical.

The enquiry in the Nangloi project is against unknown Delhi Jal Board officials, Veolia Water India Limited, Suez Environment and IL and FS consultants.

Goel said, "This is a clear case of cartelisation. It cannot happen without political patronage and connivance of senior officials."

He claimed that there has been 1000 per cent increase in water tariff over the last 15 years.

"Despite so many hikes in water tariff, the quality of water supplied to homes in Delhi has worsened. More than 80 per cent of the water samples of the Delhi Jal Board failed test in 2012," Goel said.


First Published: Friday, November 15, 2013 - 19:44

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