MHA asks Delhi govt, DDA, NDMC to reply on Shunglu report
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Last Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011, 23:38
  
New Delhi: The Home Ministry has sent the report of the Shunglu Committee to Delhi government, Delhi Development Authority and New Delhi Municipal Council and asked them to explain their position on the findings of the panel within a month.

The ministry asked the agencies to explain their position on the findings of the Shunglu Committee, appointed by the Prime Minister to look into corruption in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, and what action they were taking on it.

The Shunglu Committee has allegedly held the agencies responsible for lack of oversight and decisions that led to cost escalation.

Sources said the report has been sent to the agencies last week after it was examined by Home Minister P Chidambaram.

The Home Ministry may send the report to CBI for further inquiry if the replies from the agencies are not satisfactory.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had on October 25 appointed a two-member high level committee under the chairmanship of former Comptroller and Auditor General VK Shunglu to look into various aspects of corruption and other deficiencies in the conduct of mega sporting event held here between October 3 and October 14 last year.

The committee has submitted six reports on broadcasting, Games Village, city infrastructure, Games venues, Organising Committee and Main Report -- Organisation and Conduct of CWG 2010.

The report on city infrastructure was referred to the Home Ministry by the PMO for appropriate action on the queries raised by the Shunglu panel in works done by the city government-controlled departments.

The administration of Delhi, being the Union Territory, comes under the control of Home Ministry.

In its third report on projects to upgrade city infrastructure, especially related to road and transport, the committee has noted that there was no special preparation by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) and allegedly blamed Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for her decisions that led to cost escalation in CWG related projects.

The report said there was no special preparation by Delhi government despite constrained time frame. It said unfair cost advantage was given to contractors due to compressed time frame and noted indication of "collusive bidding" by tenders floated by Public Works Department (PWD).

According to a conservative estimate by the panel, works worth over Rs 5,500 crore were carried out by the Delhi government, a majority of which -- about 75 percent -- were executed by PWD.

PTI


First Published: Monday, April 25, 2011, 23:38


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