DDA asks company to pay Rs 6 cr for slow pace of CWG work

Updated: May 02, 2010, 16:17 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority has asked a private company to pay a "compensation" of nearly Rs six crore for "slow progress" in the construction works
related to Commonwealth Games.

The DDA asked the Sportina Payce Infrastructure Limited
to pay Rs 5.74 crore for slow pace of construction of practice
venue of swimming pool, fitness centre, weight-lifting,
wrestling areas and athletic tracks for the Games, the civic
body said in a reply to an RTI application.

"The performance guarantee and security deposit forfeited
and Rs 5,74,98,025 levied as compensation against Sportina
Payce Infrastructure Limited," the reply to activist S C
Agrawal said.

The DDA in its reply to the application seeking to know
the details of fines slapped on erring companies said the
firm was also held responsible for slow progress of
construction at Siri Fort stadium and was asked to pay over Rs
50 lakh as compensation.

Agrawal had filed its application with the Games
Organising Committee which transferred it to different bodies
involved in the construction work.

"Foundation work at Siri Fort Stadium of Badminton and
Squash... for the slow progress, compensation of Rs 50,00,341
has been imposed against Sportina Payce Infrastructure
Limited," the reply said.

The authority said all the projects under it will be
completed before the Games and that no additional funds have
been sought from the Central government by it.

The DDA, however, did not find any official responsible
for the delay, the reply said.

In an earlier reply, the CPWD, which is another
organisation involved in the construction works for the
Commonwealth Games, said the cost of construction works of
different venues has gone by almost 250 per cent.

"The budget was revised on account of revised cost
indices and escalation, change in scope of work as per the
requirement of venue, various additions and deletions to make
venue suitable for various standards and addition of service
tax, quality assurance and contingencies," CPWD had said in
its reply to Agrawal.

The Games will be held here from October 3 to 14.