Games effect: Gensets bought for Rs 2.62 crore still lying idle
It spent a whopping Rs 2.26 crore on diesel generator sets for 82 government schools in Delhi but never installed them,. HT reportsUpdated: Aug 06, 2010, 23:50 IST
It spent a whopping Rs 2.26 crore on diesel generator sets (gensets) for 82 government schools in Delhi but never installed them.
The Delhi government 'forgot' these gensets bought in 2008 because the Public Works Department (PWD), responsible for maintenance of government schools buildings, many of which are in a shambles, was busy with the Commonwealth Games.
Bought as part of fire fighting systems in schools, these gensets have now lost its warranty without being used even for a single day.
What is even worse is that these gensets are lying unattended in different schools, as PWD engineers don't have time to install them, a Delhi government official told the Central Information Commission (CIC) at a hearing on Thursday.
There is no information available with the PWD on whether these gensets are in working condition.
The issue had reached the CIC as the public authority Directorate of Education failed to provide correct replies to RTI applicant Tarsem Kumar Chaudhary of Masjid Moth, south Delhi.
The hearing also revealed a huge discrepancy in the cost of each genset. Chaudhary said while the PWD claimed that each genset cost Rs 3.20 lakh, the principal of Masjid Moth government school said it was Rs 16.02 lakh.
"The applicant feels there many be some error in the information given by the school," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi said in his order.
The lackadaisical attitude of the PWD would not been revealed had not Chaudhary got curious about non usage of gensets.
His RTI application to the school and the PWD revealed that how government departments have forgotten their other duties in the name of the Commonwealth Games.