Shunglu panel puts Delhi CM, Lt Governor in dock

Shunglu panel puts Delhi CM, Lt Governor in dock

Sheila Dikshit charged with poor oversight of Games-related projects

The Prime Minister-appointed committee accused Dikshit and Khanna, as well as other senior officials of various financial discrepancies on different projects in its two reports on alleged irregularities in executing contracts related to construction of the Games Village and city infrastructure projects

Former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu has estimated Rs 900 crore as “cost of delay” by certain government departments in implementing City Infrastructure related projects and Rs 300 crore loss to the DDA in construction of residential facilities at the Village.

Recommeding action against those who “doled out largesse” to Emaar MGF, the Committee questioned the procedure adopted for its selection for building 1,100 residential flats in the Games village.

“Government of India/DDA may take appropriate action against Emaar MGF, Project Developer, for knowingly supplying incorrect information and for its various acts of omission and commission,” the report submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office said.
It also recommended the Government to evaluate the governance structure of the DDA including the continuance of the Lt Governor as its ex-officio Chairman and evolve measures to strengthen the “accountability systems” in the land development agency.

Delhi Chief Minister Dikshit has been named by the Committee for her “poor oversight” on various Games related projects and for making “no special preparation by the Delhi Government despite constrained time frame”.

“All projects require a host of preparatory actions before the start of the project on ground...These actions have to be initiated well in advance as they take considerably long time... the work should have started during the year 2005-06,” it said.

The report pointed out that unfair cost advantage was given to contractors due to compressed time frame. The Committee has named several officials and sought “disciplinary and other action” against them for their acts of “omissions” and “commissions”.