The Central Public Works Department (CPWD), in its reply to specific charges levelled against it by the PM-appointed VK Shunglu panel, has categorically denied any misconduct or irregularity on its part. The panel was formed to probe irregularities in the organisation of October 2010 Commonwealth Games.
“The Shunglu committee report — in respect of CPWD — is one sided. The perception about engineering practices is not there. We have categorically said in our reply to the specific charges levelled by the Shunglu panel that CPWD was not involved in any misconduct,” said CPWD director-general CS Prasad on Tuesday.
However, Prasad confirmed that there are certain individual cases of misconduct related to the Commonwealth Games. “An inquiry is going on in those individual cases. Once its completed, necessary action would be taken,” he said. Prasad was speaking at the department’s 157th foundation day function.
The department, which comes under the Union urban development ministry, was responsible for readying a majority of the games venues, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, National Stadium, SP Mukherjee swimming pool and Dr Karni Singh shooting range.
The Shunglu Committee has pegged the cost of delay in completing construction of the venues to the tune of R800 crore. It said that in case of JLN Stadium, the cost estimates were padded up. The contractor caused a loss to the tune of R44 crore to the state by charging more for the imported membrane and fully locked cables.
Similarly, the panel found that work at Dr Karni Singh shooting range was at a cost of Rs122.50 crore.