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Kalmadi`s name missing from CWG legacy report

New Delhi: Former Commonwealth Games
Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi`s name is not
mentioned in the Games legacy report prepared by authorities
here to give a bird`s eye view of delays, successes and other
issues in the conduct of the sporting extravaganza.

Sources said the four-volume legacy report and a
50-minute film on the Games, which focuses on minute aspects
of preparations of the event held here between October 3 and
14 last year, mentions every thing except the sacked top boss
of the OC.

"We have not mentioned any individual`s name. There are
many Function Areas heads who were handling different
responsibilities in the conduct of the Games. We are not
giving any photo or name of anybody in the legacy report,"
CEO and Chairman of OC Jarnail Singh said.

He said the report will have all aspects including how
contracts were awarded and executed and what led to delays in
implementing works on time and escalation of costs.

Sources said the decision not to credit any individual
was taken unanimously by the OC considering that Kalmadi and
sacked Secretary General Lalit Bhanot among other former
officials have been involved in the CBI investigation into
financial irregularities in the conduct of the mega sporting
extravaganza.

They said the report, both in print and electronic
format, will give details of the work carried out by those
in-charge of 278 function areas like overlays, sports,
technology, accommodation, sponsorship and event management
among others.

One of the crucial aspects mentioned in the report is the
number of contracts delayed by certain unnamed OC officials
who did not follow Games master schedule prepared by the
international federation, the sources said.

Giving details of the delays in awarding overlays
contracts, the report said the work was given in a hurry to a
contractor in April last year, about a year after its expected
deadline of March 2009.

Interestingly, the fact that out of a total of 540
contracts to be completed by 2009, OC had executed 37, which
led to supply of inferior quality products at highly-inflated
rates, is being mentioned in the report.

Remaining 503 contracts were carried out by the firms
after January 2010, the sources said.

"Most of the contracts by the OC were well behind the
deadline set by the international federation for Commonwealth
Games. Thus, to complete all of them on time, the officials
had to violate certain official norms and procedures which
attracted the eyes of CVC and CBI for financial bunglings," an
OC official said requesting anonymity.

The legacy report is being reviewed and will be finalised
within two months time and made public, the sources said.

CBI, CVC, Enforcement Directorate and Income Tax
Department are probing several cases related to financial and
managerial bunglings in Games-related projects carried out by
OC, civic and construction agencies like Municipal Corporation
of Delhi, Delhi Development Authority, Public Works Department
and New Delhi Municipal Council.

PTI

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