STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE
New Delhi, 7 February
The Delhi government today directed the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate the alleged large-scale financial irregularities in the works of Ring Road Bypass for the preparation of 2010 Commonwealth Games.
The erstwhile Sheila Dikshit government had executed works worth several thousand crores for preparing for the Commonwealth Games. One such project was the work of Ring Road Bypass from Salimgarh Fort to Velodrome Road. "To ensure accountability of the system at highest level, the Government of NCT of Delhi had called for several files, documents, tender related papers, CAG Reports, Shunglu Committee Reports, etc., related to works executed by PWD, Govt. of NCT of Delhi during the Commonwealth Games 2010, " read a release from the Delhi government.
The following facts emerged on scrutiny of the Performance Audit Report on XIX Commonwealth Games (CWG 2010), High Level Committee on the CWG (Shunglu Committee), Reply of the Department and available records related to the construction of Ring Road Bypass from Salimgarh Fort to Velodrome Road. In this work (Salimgarh Fort to Velodrome Road) which was given in two packages, Package I (major part was flyovers) and Package II (major part was Roads), Simplex Infrastructure (Pvt) Ltd being the L-1 during the tender process, were given the work orders for Rs 194.71 crore for Package I and Rs 214 cr for Package II. M/S Simplex Infra Pvt Ltd was one of the 13 Category-A contractors (who could undertake works worth more than Rs. 100 crore) who were qualified in between 2005-08 during the pre-bid exercises. "The prices were exorbitantly raised by the consultant and engineers in preparing the estimates. Estimates were prepared based on the awarded rates of Mukarba Chowk flyover project adding 15 percent enhancement while the actual calculations show the costs of estimates as much higher," read the release .