CAG raps Delhi Metro; says govt delayed report

 The CAG report for 2007 also accused the Metro of compromising quality control procedures on the request of contractors and found that testing requirements were scaled down in four contracts as the projects were behind schedule.

“Audit analysis of quality control indicated scaling down of testing requirements, non-witnessing of tests by the company’s representatives, testing of material in non- accredited laboratories and non-preservation of test reports. Testing requirements were scaled down in four contracts as these contracts were running behind the schedule, the report said adding that the company representatives were not present at tests conducted by contractors.

Deputy CAG A N Chaturvedi said “in order to hasten projects, quality control procedures were relaxed deliberately at the request of contractors.

“If these reports have been presented before Parliament in time, it would have been better as some of which have clear and direct linkage of what we are witnessing today,” Chaturvedi told reporters in a veiled reference to Sunday’s mishap in Jamrudpur. He said the government “deliberately delayed the tabling on one pretext or other” after the auditor submitted it to government.

Chaturvedi said the Urban Development Ministry returned the report, submitted to the government in July last year, in May this year. He said it was “unconstitutional” as CAG was an independent body.

On accountability, the CAG said under the unique administrative model evolved by the Government, the DMRC has not been put under the direct control of any administrative ministry.

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