Shunglu report on city infrastructure referred to Home Min

The PMO has referred the Shunglu Committee findings on alleged irregularities in executing various infrastructure projects related to Commonwealth Games by Delhi Government to the Home Ministry for further action.

Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 14:52 PM IST

New Delhi: The Prime Minister`s Office
has referred the Shunglu Committee findings on alleged irregularities in executing various infrastructure projects related to Commonwealth Games by Delhi Government to the Home
Ministry for further action.

Sources said the PMO has asked Home Ministry to send
its reply on the queries raised by the Shunglu panel in works
done by the city government controlled departments.

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

"All projects require a host of preparatory actions
before the start of the project on ground...These actions have
to be initiated well in advance as they take considerably long
time... the work should have started during the year 2005-06,"
the report said.

The report said that there was "no special preparation
by GNCTD despite constrained time frame". It said that 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 GNCTD, a
majority of which -- about 75 per cent -- were executed by PWD.

The major projects handled by PWD, apart from three
Games & Training venues (Thyagaraj, Chhatrasal and Ludlow
Castle), included Barapullah elevated corridor, Ring Road
Bypass, UP Link Road, Streetscaping, Street Lighting, Signage
and 21 flyovers.

While Munak lined drain was the main project handled
by Delhi Jal Board, the Delhi Transport Corporation, besides
acquiring buses, had constructed eight bus depots and Bus Q
shelters across the national capital.

The High Level Committee has held the Delhi Chief
Minister responsible for delay in the projects which resulted
in high cost.

"Detailed examination of the projects undertaken by
the GNCTD, New Delhi Municipal Council, Municipal Corporation
of Delhi show that for certain `city image` improvement
projects (streetlighting, streetscaping, signage), NDMC and
MCD acted as adjuncts of the GNCTD rather than as independent
entities.

"The Chief Minister took personal interest in the
planning and execution of these projects. While full credit
must be given to the CM for the leadership provided, she also
carries the responsibility for the decisions taken including
those relating to `city image` improvement projects which cost
the city dear," it said.

The 235-page report was submitted to PMO on March 18.

PTI