The Central Bureau of Investigation FIR on alleged irregularities in the award of the contract for the construction of the Barapullah Elevated Road Project (BERP) — in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games held in October 2010 — has named eight officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) and two private firms.
“The FIR named two firms, DS Constructions Limited,
the project’s contractor and Tandon Constructions, the project’s consultant,” said a CBI spokesperson.
According to an agency source, who is not authorised to speak to the media, the eight PWD officials have been accused of awarding the BERP project — worth R433.71 crore — to construction firms at “an inflated rate”.
According to the source, had the project — delayed by around five years — been completed on time, the exchequer could have saved more than R100 crore.
The cost of constructing the BER came to around R56,000 per square metre.
The PWD, according to the source, had split the project into “two packages”, for early completion of the project.
However, it later gave both to the allegedly favoured construction firm by increasing the cost. “It led to a gain of around R50 crore to DS Constructions,” he said.
While package one included construction work from Sarai Kale Khan to Mathura Road, package two was for work between Mathura Road and Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.
“The construction included elevated and slip roads and work related to landscaping, electrification and drainage,” said the source.
The CBI had, on Saturday, registered the FIR over alleged irregularities in the Barapullah project.
The Central Vigilance Commission had, in 2010, handed over the probe into the alleged irregularities to CBI.
According to the source, the construction firm had allegedly not complied with quality control measures, including carrying out lateral load test of piles.
He said the accused PWD officials also did not insist on it.