Delhi govt in denial, rubbishes CVC's findings on CWG projects
Delhi Government today rejected the Central Vigilance Commission's report highlighting rampant corruption in six Commonwealth Games projects implemented by Public Works Department, saying highest standard of transparency has been followed in all the works.Updated: Aug 02, 2010, 20:33 IST
Delhi Government today rejected the Central Vigilance Commission's report highlighting rampant corruption in six Commonwealth Games projects implemented by Public Works Department, saying highest standard of transparency has been followed in all the works.
Delhi PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said all the required norms and procedures were followed in all the six projects mentioned by the CVC and his department was putting every effort to create world-class infrastructure for the city.
"We are implementing the projects following highest standard of transparency and efficiency. We have not done anything wrong. If I have done something wrong then definitely I will be caught," Chauhan told PTI.
According to an assessment report prepared by CVC's Chief Technical Examination Wing, large-scale procedural violations, including corruption, have been noticed in 16 different projects being carried out by various government departments.
Six of the projects out of the 16 mentioned by the CVC are being implemented by Public Works Department of Delhi Government. The PWD had initiated a host of key infrastructure projects worth over Rs 5,000 crore as part of its efforts to enhance city infrastructure ahead of the Games.
The CVC has also found irregularities in three projects of MCD, two each by Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA), New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise.
Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta also rejected the CVC findings and said "unnecessarily panic has been created" which has affected the enthusiasm of the officials who are associated with the implementation of the projects.
"There is nothing in the reports. These are routine assessment," he said when asked about the CVC findings.
The CVC report says that almost all organisations executing construction work for the Games have flouted rules in tenders and increased their prices. This means contractors have been paid more what they should have got.
Last week, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had said action, if any, would be taken in this regard after conclusion of the mega event.