MHA asks Delhi govt, DDA, NDMC to reply on Shunglu report

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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