The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has indicted the organisers and local authorities over the organisation of the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) held in Pune between October 12 and 18, 2008.
The CAG in its report remarked that the planning for sports infrastructure for CYG was seriously deficient as the cost of the main work increased by 85%.
“We found that the concerned rules and regulations were openly flouted in the award of contracts for construction and refurbishment of the sports complex and procurement of electronic, sports and other equipment,” the CAG remarked in its report submitted to the Maharashtra Legislature. The report was tabled on Friday.
“The executive committee for the games placed supply orders for various types of sports equipment on the basis of single tenders on the recommendations of the organising committee,” the report says.
The Commonwealth Youth Games, a sub-event of the Commonwealth Games 2010, was held in Pune in October 2008 under the stewardship of the Organising Committee of the CWG headed by Suresh Kalmadi.
The event was conducted in nine sporting disciplines and 1,673 athletes and officials attended. The games were held at the existing sports complex at Balewadi in Pune, which was refurbished and upgraded for the event. Two new hostels and a three star hotel were constructed to accommodate the participants.
The civic bodies of Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad cities, too, were indicted by the CAG. It said the planning and execution of the city infrastructure were not effective. Road works were delayed and not completed before the games. Some of the works were awarded without competitive bidding, the report says. Only 50% of the equipment required for security were received before the event. The Opposition has demanded a probe.