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DJB signs agreement with private company for Nangloi water revamp

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 29, 2013
First Published: 00:15 IST(29/3/2013) | Last Updated: 00:16 IST(29/3/2013)

The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Thursday signed an agreement with a private company for the total revamp of the water supply system under the Nangloi plant, including distribution, under the public private partnership (PPP) model.

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The moves comes despite a pending vigilance enquiry.

Alleging that the “project was designed and estimated at higher cost to extend financial benefits to private parties”, Citizens Front for Water Democracy had claimed a scam of Rs. 3000 crore in this PPP model and lodged a complaint with the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC).

“The CVC is looking into the Rs. 3000-crore scam, which ultimately the public will have to bear by way of taxes and tariff. We have escalated the matter to the CAG,” SA Naqvi of Citizens Front for Water Democracy said.

A DJB official said, “A complaint has been received, re-directed from the CVC and we are looking into it. But it does not mean that the DJB cannot sign the agreement.”

Debashree Mukherjee, DJB CEO, however, refuted any claims of corruption and said, “The financial closure has been done and the agreement was signed as part of the routine procedure.”


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