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'Take errant agencies, officials to task'

delhi Updated: Jul 30, 2010 23:53 IST
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Hindustan Times
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In an indictment of organisations involved in Commonwealth Games-related works, the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has said that besides awarding the works to ineligible agencies, several organisations also considered inadmissible factors in order to jack-up project costs, citing urgent circumstances.

After finding serious irregularities in almost all the 15 works inspected by the CVC's Chief Technical Examiner's (CTE) wing so far, the Commission has sent its report to the organisations concerned and directed them to fix responsibility against officers for the lapses.

In one case, the Commission has even asked the CBI to register a corruption case against some MCD officials for alleged irregularities in tenders issued for upgradation of street lighting in Delhi.

The 15 projects were executed by organisations like the Public Works Department (PWD), the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the New Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and RITES.

Not only were the bids tampered with, the quality of works was also found sub-standard, despite higher rates paid to executing agencies, the Commission found.

“But this is not the final report. CTE's inspection reports would be followed by the agency's reply and scrutinised at various levels, before it is given final shape. Action will be initiated against officers only when they are found responsible, in the final report,” a top CVC officer told HT.

The CVC, he said, had already received a large number of complaints that were being examined by the Commission. During the inspections, the CVC found that concrete core samples taken from the already-laid concrete failed to meet the requirement of strength during testing in an independent laboratory.

The quality of anti-corrosive treatment on reinforcement of steel was also found to be poor. Almost all agencies have taken up the work of streetscaping, especially kerbstone and footpath tiles, without ascertaining the need for such upgradation, the CVC said.

The Commission also found serious irregularities in the installation of streetlights, while a lot of deviations were made in implementing some schemes without even obtaining the approval of the competent authority.

Following CVC's findings, several political parties, including the BJP, RJD and CPM, on Friday demanded a high-level probe into the execution of the works.