The chaos around the Commonwealth Games 2010 preparation has a new casualty — Delhi-based fashion designer Jattinn Kochhar, who has come forward with a claim that his contract for designing clothes was cancelled by the Games authorities after he had already spent R 15 lakh.
Responding to the Expression of Interest ad issued in the newspaper by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) on July 13 to set up a designer boutique stall in the Games village, Kochhar and the designer duo Asheema-Leena had sent a proposal. Kochhar had quoted Rs 10 lakh for the project, while Ashima Leena's quote was R 35 lakh.
Kochhar told HT, "I was then told by KVIC to start making the garments ... I was not given any work contract on paper and when I asked for it, I was told, 'You'll get the papers. Just start with the interiors and production of garments. You know how government offices work.'
Kochchar said he started the production with his own funds. "On August 9, I was also taken for a visit to the store area with a security pass allotted to me which clearly designated me as a vendor and was valid till the end of the Games."
This is why, Kochhar said, it came as such a rude shock for him when he was informed by KVIC's Delhi representative S.P. Singh on Tuesday evening that the allotment of the KVIC store space has been cancelled. "After doing all the work and investing my time and resources (R 14, 40, 500), I am also answerable to a team of 200 professionals. What do I do now?" said a visibly upset Kochhar.
When HT got in touch with KVIC's CEO J.S.Mishra for a confirmation on Kochhar's claim he said, "First of all, under Government Finance Rules (GFR), we cannot accept tenders with just two bidders. Mr Kochhar might have acted in good faith, but who asked him to start the production without the written work order?"
Designers Asheema-Leena, the co-bidders for the tender second confirmed Kochhar's claim, "Yes, it's true that Jattinn was asked to design the store. I was present when the KVIC officials congratulated Kochhar for coming on board to work on the project."
The Delhi representative of KVIC , S.P. Singh disconnected the phone when asked to comment on the matter. When contacted, Dr Lalit Bhanot, the spokesperson for CWG said, "I am not even aware of this issue."