New Delhi: The CBI on Saturday registered a case
against some officials of the Public Works Deparment(PWD) and
a few firms in connection with alleged irregularities in the
project for construction of the Rs 620 crore Barapullah Nullah
flyover for the Commonwealth Games.
A CBI spokesperson gave this information in a press
statement but did not give details.
The investigating agency has alleged that the contractor
and PWD officials had inflated the cost of the project.
The construction of the bridge had came in for some flak
from the Prime Minister-appointed Shunglu committee which had
criticized the Delhi government for alleged irregularities in
the Barapullah flyover project.
The Shunglu Committee questioned the very need for the
Barapullah elevated road corridor which was contructed with
the aim of giving quick access to the main Jawaharlal Nehru
stadium from the Games village.
The Committee stated that if the traffic police could
have implemented dedicated lanes elsewhere, it could have
easily transported athletes from the Games Village to the
stadium without having to construct the structure.
The Committee report felt that if the government had
acted expeditiously, it could have saved the cost overruns to
the tune of Rs 109 crore. Construction of the flyover cost
nearly Rs 56,000 per square metre.
The PWD department is headed by Delhi Minister Raj Kumar
Chauhan who incidentally has been indicted by the state Lok
Ayukta for allegedly trying to shield a leading resort in the
outskirts of the Capital in a tax evasion case.
During the intervening period from June 2006 to January
2008, the project remained merely on paper as the Delhi
government, ASI, Zoo Authority, Traffic Police, DDA, Delhi
Wakf Board and DUAC restricted themselves to just discussing
it. A decision to go ahead was finally taken in April 2008.
The report indicted the contractor on several accounts.
"Delay in fabrication and mobilisation of launching girders,
labour problems due to non-payment, problems with suppliers
who were not paid in time, contractor?s reluctance to put in
additional efforts like night working," the report claimed.
The committee had also lashed out at the government for
having divided the project into two packages.
"No records are available to show the reason why both
the packages were awarded to a single contractor. Why was a
condition not incorporated that a single agency would not be
awarded both the packages and why, in the alternative, an
option was not given to the tenderer`s that they could offer a
discount for being awarded both the packages," the report