BJP accuses industrial body of corruption
The state BJP today accused Delhi government's Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation of corruption worth Rs 600 crore from 2007 to 2009 in the name of developing unauthorised colonies.Updated: Sep 04, 2012 00:28 IST
The state BJP on Monday accused Delhi government's Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) of corruption worth Rs 600 crore from 2007 to 2009 in the name of developing unauthorised colonies.
Citing a CBI report recommending departmental action against 12 DSIIDC engineers, state BJP chief Vijender Gupta alleged there was a bungling in work orders related to roads, drains and sewerage.
"The CBI in its report has said that Rs 600 crore were divided into 884 work orders deliberately so that each contract would be less than Rs 1 crore. If a work order is less than Rs 1 crore, the approval of Chief Technical Examiner may not be required. The DSIIDC divided roads into different smaller stretches, and invited tenders. This way, it squandered public money," alleged Gupta.
"The CBI had investigated the alleged corruption and found all the allegations to be true.
It forwarded a report to the CVO of DSIIDC, recommending stern action against 12 of its senior engineers. Instead, the engineers were promoted," he added.
Gupta also said that on November 26, 2007, the Delhi Cabinet had laid down guidelines for development work in 1,500 unauthorised colonies.
The scheme provided for construction of roads, drains and other civic infrastructure. This work was awarded to DSIIDC and the Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
A senior official of DSIIDC said that smaller contracts were awarded as unauthorised colonies have small stretches of lanes with tiny roads.
"Big players do not take up work in these areas and so contracts have to be divided. As for the engineers named in the CBI report, departmental enquiry is being conducted against them," he said.