Delhi to provide details of 25 CWG projects to investigators

As the probe into Commonwealth Games related spending gained momentum, the Delhi government has brought down the number of Games related projects to 25 and decided to provide details about them only to the investigators.

Last Updated: Oct 26, 2010, 21:30 PM IST

New Delhi: As the probe into Commonwealth
Games related spending gained momentum, the Delhi government
has brought down the number of Games related projects to 25
and decided to provide details about them only to the
investigators.

Top sources said the government has decided to give
probe agencies details about only 25 projects which have been
identified as "directly linked to the event".
The inquiry by V K Shunglu panel, which has been given
wide-ranging power to probe the irregularities, came up for
discussion at the Delhi Cabinet today, they said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said all the departments
involved in CWG projects should offer full cooperation to any
central agency conducting investigation.

Sources said although 76 projects were earlier
identified as Games projects, the number has been brought down
to 25.

"Out of the total 76 projects, 25 has been identified
as Games projects while 51 have been identified as city
improvement projects," a source said, adding all the
departments involved in CWG were told to prepare details of
their spending.

"The government will fully cooperate with any probe
agency. But they should not ask for details of a project which
was started, say, seven years back. If they want, we will
provide them details of city infrastructure projects also,"
said a senior official.
Last week, government had decided to show some of the
projects as not linked with the event. The projects sought to
be delinked from the Games include flyovers and widening of
roads.

According to official figures, various Delhi
government agencies, including the Public Works Department,
had spent over Rs 16,000 crore to enhance city infrastructure
ahead of the Games.

Sources said the PWD is now trying to show some of the
projects as non CWG projects. Earlier, the department had said
it implemented 34 projects to improve city infrastructure for
the Games.

They said CVC teams will study records of spending by
departments including PWD, Urban Development, Transport,
Environment, Power and Tourism.

PTI