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'Shivaji Stadium repair unwarranted'

delhi Updated: Apr 11, 2011 00:03 IST
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The Shunglu Committee has pointed out several irregularities in the NDMC's renovation work of Shivaji Stadium. Moreover, it has termed the expenditure of Rs185 crore on it as "unwarranted".

"Under the pretext of upgrading it, the stadium was demolished and is being reconstructed, aided by a nexus formed between officers of the NDMC, the consultant (M/s Raja Aederi Consultants) and the contractor (M/s China Railway Shisuji)," the Committee said in its report. This report has recently been submitted to the Prime Minister's Office.

"It was observed that Shivaji Stadium was initially identified as a venue for women's hockey in 2004... The decision to use it as a hockey training venue was communicated by the Organising Committee in December 2005… The decision to demolish and reconstruct the stadium was not available on file. The contract for the 'Improvement/Upgradation of Shivaji Stadium' was finally awarded to M/s China Railway Shisuji for Rs160.27 crore," the report said. It also mentioned that this cost was over 10 times the initial projected expenditure of Rs15 crore.

"Also, revised administrative approval and expenditure sanction was obtained for Rs185 crore after award of contract, with no reasoning for the inclusion of the additional Rs25 crore," the report pointed out.

The panel has also slammed the NDMC for not being able to complete the stadium before the Games last year. Even six months after the CWG was held, it is still incomplete.

The work was subcontracted to Simplex Projects at R80 crore, nearly 50% less than the actual cost of work awarded to China Railway Shisuji.

Moreover, the Chinese firm had not executed any work in India at the exorbitantly high cost of Rs160.27 crore, the report said.

The committee, under the chairmanship of former CAG chief VK Shunglu, also found irregularities in "substitution of stadium chairs" which it said caused a loss of about Rs6 crore to the exchequer.

"It is evident there has been collusion between the vendor and NDMC officials, whereby it was pre-decided that these expensive substitute chairs would be installed instead of the chairs listed in the contract," the report stated.

The high-level committee has submitted six reports on host broadcasting, Games Village, city infrastructure, Games venues, Organising Committee, including its main report on the organisation and conduct of the CWG.

In its reports, the committee has pointed out several irregularities on the part of Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna, chief minister Sheila Dikshit, sacked Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and secretary general Lalit Bhanot, among other senior government officials.