CWG: Cost of CPWD stadia jumped by Rs 1,110 cr

Last Updated: Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 11:55

New Delhi: The cost of construction of five
Commonwealth Games venues by Central Public Works Department
(CPWD) escalated by over Rs 1,110 crore than the original
sanctioned amount.

Besides, over Rs 20 crore were spent on installing
closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in three other
stadiums, developed by Public Works Department, in the
national capital.

The CPWD had renovated Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Complex,
Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee
Swimming Pool Complex, Major Dhyanchand National Stadium and
Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range for the CWG held here between
October 3 and 14, 2010.

A total of Rs 42 crore was spent on taking consultancy
services.

"A consolidated sum of Rs 1,000 crore (plus or minus 10
per cent) was sanctioned for these stadiums initially. No
stadium wise cost was approved. Later, revised sanction for Rs
2,460 crore was accorded by Cabinet," the CPWD said in an RTI
reply.

The money allocation was proposed by the Commonwealth
Games Organising Committee, Sports Authority of India and
Ministry of Youths Affairs and Sports, it said in reply to the
RTI filed by Vivek Garg.

Interestingly, an amount of Rs 345.12 still remains
un-utilised by the construction agency.

The PWD spent Rs 396.06 crore in construction of
Thyagraj Sports Complex (spread in 65,544 square metre)
Chhatrasal Stadium (57,465 sq m) and Ludlow Castle Wrestling
Training Venues (17,766 sq m), which include Rs 20.14 crore on
CCTV cameras and Rs 5.81 crore as consultancy charges, the
reply said.

About 11 venues were renovated by different civic and
construction agencies like CPWD, PWD, Municipal Corporation of
Delhi and Delhi Development Authority for the mega sporting
event.

Besides, the DDA has developed Commonwealth Games
Village in over 63.5 hectares area that includes residential
complexes, huge practice and recreational area near Akshardham
temple in east Delhi.

The Central Vigilance Commission, apex anti-corruption
body, is enquiring into financial and administrative
irregularities in several Games-related projects.

CBI has also registered three FIRs in connection with
alleged irregularities in the Games, and questioned OC
Secretary General Lalit Bhanot among others. It has also asked
OC chief Suresh Kalmadi to appear before it for questioning in
connection with the alleged scam.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 11:55
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