The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has reiterated its stand that the Delhi government and its associated departments that executed infrastructure projects related to the Commonwealth Games overlooked the eligibility criteria while hiring contractors, delayed projects and awarded contracts at substantially higher costs.
Streetscaping and beautification
The audit body rejected the government's argument that approval of the Delhi Urban Arts Commission's (DUAC) was unnecessary for streetscaping and beautification because it was concerned only with the aesthetics of structures. The CAG observed there was no visible 'overarching plan document' for a project of such magnitude.
The government spent Rs 332.45 crore to beautify 73.48 kilometres of roads leading to games venues and the village.
The audit body rejected the government's reply that imported luminaries were used to meet the requirements of the Standards of Integrated Streetlighting Committee (SISLC). "The world-class lighting standards as required by SISLC could have also been met through indigenous luminaries, which was evident from department's (read Delhi government) third-party test reports of both indigenous and imported luminaries which did not differ in any aspect," the CAG observed.
The imported luminaries were procured at a far higher cost, leading to a collective additional expenditure of Rs 31.07 crore by the PWD, MCD and NDMC. The three agencies illuminated 789.95 kilometres of roads for Rs 85.55 crore.
JLN pedestrian bridge
The public works department claimed that the completion of two pedestrian bridges - one of which collapsed during construction - had not been altogether shelved. Rejecting the reply, the audit body said the main purpose of these bridges to be used by pedestrians for approaching the JLN Stadium during the games was not fulfilled. "It resulted in infructuous expenditure of Rs 8.65 crore," the CAG report stated.
The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) argued that the Connaught Place renovation project was not related to the Commonwealth Games and the delay in executing the project was on account of delay in several clearances and unprecedented rains in 2010.