Under fire from the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for lapses, Delhi’s engineers said they were being made “scapegoats” and refused to make extra efforts for any major construction project in future.
The Engineering Council of India (ECI) — an umbrella body of 17 engineers’ associations -- said the CAG and the Shunglu committee report gave an impression that the engineers executing the Games-related projects were corrupt.
Last week, the CAG report on Delhi’s infrastructure was tabled in Parliament. It indicted construction agencies for serious lapses and pointed out how some contracts were awarded at far higher rates, causing loss to the state exchequer.
Last October, the prime minister had appointed the Shunglu Committee to probe the irregularities in the Games-related infrastructure projects. The committee, too, has pointed to serious anomalies in the award of contracts and execution of projects.
The ECI said engineers had clarified most of the objections raised by the CAG, but their replies were not included in the report. “This is highly unfair and unethical,” said AK Trivedi, former deputy director general of central public works department. The minutes of the two-day exit conference, which discussed the statement of facts given by the principal secretary of the public works department, was not included either, he said.
The engineers’ body said they would not make extra efforts to execute big-ticket infrastructure projects. “The construction cost went up due to delay in decision making,” said ECI chairman Uddesh Kohli. “By the time the projects came to engineers, there was little time left. The engineers completed all projects in record time but instead of getting credit they are being made scapegoats.”
The engineers also said the Shunglu Committee did not include any technical person and demanded the Centre form a technical committee to look into the observations made by the committee and the CAG.