DDA finds 'irregularities' in CWG Village construction

The DDA, in its interim report submitted to Union Urban Development Ministry today, said there were "various deficiencies" and "irregularities" in construction of the Village and the builder had exceeded the permissible limits of construction.

The report has been prepared by the DDA after Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy sent a letter to it on October 7 asking for a report on the alleged irregularities and deficiencies by Emmar MGF, the developer of the Games Village.

The DDA, which is under direct administrative control of Lt Governor of Delhi and functions under the Union Urban Development Ministry, had given the contract to Emmar-MGF to build the Village.

Prior to the Games, a number of foreign delegates had criticised the conditions at the Village, saying it was "unlivable" and "filthy".The interim report has also mentioned that the builder had exceeded the construction beyond the permissible limit.Sources in the Ministry hinted that "some action is likely to be taken on the matter within a week."
"It is under examination in the Ministry. The Ministry is likely to give a direction to the DDA in the matter shortly," sources said.

In the letter, Reddy had asked DDA to file a report, saying the allegations had adversely affected the image of the DDA.

There have been reports of delay as well as deficiency in the execution of the project which have not only adversely affected the image of DDA but also the Commonwealth Games 2010 as a whole," Reddy said in the letter."It has been widely reported that Emmar MGF Construction Pvt Ltd has not executed the project of the development of the Games Village diligently and efficiently.

"There are serious complaints against the project developer including complaints of construction against the provision of sanctioned plan as well as of not adehering to the obligation as per the project development agreement," Reddy's letter said.
In the letter, Reddy had directed DDA to cover all aspects of construction of the Games Village in its report.

"The DDA is requested to send a detailed report on the above mentioned subject covering all relavent aspects to the Ministry of Urban Development within a week's time," it had said.

Sources said the letter was written during the Games but it was kept under wraps so that the event passed off without any controversy.

Asked about the power of the Ministry over DDA, they said the DDA is a statutory autonomous body and the Ministry can only give direction to it.

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