Are the flyovers constructed during the Commonwealth Games really safe to drive on?
In its recent report on bidding, cost and quality of Games-related projects, the chief technical examiner's organisation (CTEO) of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has found serious deficiencies in construction material used in several roads, flyovers and stadiums in the city.
According to the report, cement and concrete samples from some important projects - Barapullah elevated road, Ghaziour flyover, CWG Village flyover, Shivaji Stadium, National Stadium and Talkatora Stadium - failed to meet the strength criteria.
The report said all samples of "concrete core" and cement lifted from the projects "failed". At some places the construction material was "not meeting technical specifications" and at certain projects "lesser cement content was found than specified in the design".
Slow progress of work was observed at almost each of the 26 games-related projects the agency inspected in the last few months. The CTEO also found flaws in bidding process and found that several works were awarded to ineligible firms at inflated costs.
The report said, "The deficiencies have been taken up with the respective departments for remedial measures and fixing responsibility wherever called for." The agency has also posted the findings on its website.
Chief minister Sheila Dikshit, however, said her government was ready to answer any query raised by any agency looking into the games projects.
"We have no idea about it (CTEO report). There were hurdles (in run up to the games) … The Shunglu Committee has also come up with a report … We will answer it para-by-para by May 8 or 10... The reply will be with the Home Ministry … We will definitely answer any query raised by any agency," Dikshit said.
"There is nothing of that sort (poor construction quality or bidding problem) to best of my knowledge," she added.
The report has come at a time when Dikshit-government is facing scathing attack from the Opposition for being indicted by the prime minister-appointed VK Shunglu Committee for "irregularities" in developing city infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games.
The agency also looked into alleged bungling in ticketing, accreditation cards, supply of fitness equipment, overlays work and image building exercise taken up by the organising committee (OC).
The agency also picked loopholes in bidding process and accounts of Indian Tourism Development Corporation related to furniture for lobby and renovation work at Hotel Ashok and furniture supplied to DDA's housing project at Akshardham and Vasant Kunj.