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Scam in slaughterhouse?

A project to build a modern slaughterhouse in Ghazipur smells of a scam.

india Updated: Feb 16, 2006 01:55 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

A project to build a modern slaughterhouse in Ghazipur smells of a scam. On the heels of admitting before the Supreme Court of financial irregularities in the project, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has placed project coordinator M.L. Sharma under suspension and ordered a vigilance inquiry as well as a special audit into the matter.

The scope of inquiry will not be limited to Sharma or men who worked under him, but will include all top MCD officials associated with the project since its inception. Before his exit from the MCD, former Commissioner Rakesh Mehta had to face music for alleged mishandling of the project.

After BJP councillor Vijender Kumar Gupta levelled allegations that Mehta had set aside all rules and regulations to favour the contractor; the Mayor had called for a special MCD House meeting to discuss the issue threadbare and had taken into his custody all files pertaining to the project. On Wednesday again, MCD sealed Sharma’s office and all project files.

“During reviews carried out by the new Commissioner A.K. Nigam, serious irregularities have been noticed in placing of orders and making payments to the contractor. With the Supreme Court deadline hanging over our head to ready the Ghazipur abattoir by July 2006, we have already highlighted all these irregularities before the court. The project is now being monitored on a weekly basis,” said a senior official.

Besides, the MCD is now taking help of Jammu and Kashmir University vice-chancellor Nagender Sharma, an animal husbandry expert, to zero down on the ‘big fish’ and put the project back on track.

First Published: Feb 16, 2006 01:55 IST