In part 2 of our coverage of the recent CWG controversy, our Special Correspondent Saahil Menghani brings to light a few more doubts from the common man. After all, where is our money going?
Controversies are shaking the “tempered” and “faulty” base of CWG with 56 days to go before the World would witness theÂ National capital hosting the fourth most watched sports extravaganza. If in theÂ last edition, we brought to you theÂ allegations and resulting questions form tax payers, thenÂ version 2Â put forwards a similar coverage ofÂ an “X-ray” conducted by the CVC (Central Vigilance Commission). The Revelation- making sure that CWG members spend sleepless nights- is that done by the CTE (Chief Technical Examination) wing ofÂ CVC. It exposes that certificates were issued minus ground verification and technical examination, a direct inference to which is that they were forged.
Examination by CVC team has revealedÂ the failure of concrete samples (picked from already laid structures) to match the requisite safety requirements. The steel and aluminium used have been found to be of much lower quality than what was mentioned in the bid papers.Â Inferior fittings and even pathetic anti-corrosion coatings on the reinforced steels add to the woes of a nation that is expectingÂ its elected and entrustedÂ leaders to organise a feast of international standards.
Question from the common man:
CVC report reveals that as many as 30 items wereÂ later incorporated in the tender to help vendor get higher rates. Where is the explanation, Mr. President? Why was there a need to incorporate items after the receipt of the tender? As directed by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), the CBI registered a corruption case against the MCD officials and a private firm for “irregularities” in a street lightning project amounting to crores of Rupees. Isn’t it that the humongous CWG scam is a resultant of these itzy-bitzy irregularities? The CVC report claims that MCD officials allowed the contractors to tamper with the winning bid, so as to accommodate a whooping gain to the contractor of Rs. 3.67 crores. Why shouldn’t we consider it to be a loss to common man’s money? We aren’t demanding our money back but we want our culprits to be jailed, will they be? We want our money to be put at the right places for the right things. Is that too much to ask for?
The inquiry, which is being carried out by Chief Technical Examination Wing of the CVC, has named the CPWD, PWD, MCD, DDA,Â NDMC and RITES for being involved in corruption.Â Doesn’t it look like a scenario where different departments are practising “teri bhi chup, meri bhi chup” [you shut, I shut] for their vested and mutual malicious interests?
Difference between the price ofÂ two sources of high power sodium vapour light fitting of same specs isÂ three times than the original — resulting in a extra burden of Rs. 1.32 crores.Â On whom? Who else? Helpless and HaplessÂ Aam Aadmi.Â Why are officials failing to explain theÂ huge gap between theÂ two sources? What was the problem withÂ the source of reasonable price that was offering the same quality? Does the preference given to the costlier source get aÂ motivation from genuine andÂ justified factors or a greed to earn gold/a pressurised decision serve theÂ beastlyÂ bestowed interest of a shrewd silent behind-the-stage player?
The agitation, the voices, the anger, the distress could be nullified, if we could actually see the realisation of funds in terms of A-1Â infrastructureÂ built with extreme safety and supreme care. But theÂ CVC report exposing that theÂ security measures were flouted blatantly just goes on to show that the city has been converted into aÂ disasterÂ appealingÂ to occur.
Test records for the ingredients, used in the building up of infrastructure, were “fabricated” resulting in a pathetic state of work. Who takes the responsibility for converting Delhi intoÂ a ‘enter at your own risk’ zone? What else is required to sack the top-notch of the Organising Committee? Why not blacklist guilty contractors nowÂ rather than arresting them laterÂ on the charges of ‘death due to negligence’?
Electrical installations were put up for public use without the pre-requisite mandatory and unavoidable procedural testing. Wow! So, shockers of prise rise and corruption were not enough that a shock of 220 V was served with tempting switch boards and imported buttons.
Unsafe. Unprepared.Â Corruption. Blunders. Is this the reason why the CWG budgetÂ had to be inflated 17.5 times from the time India made the bid in 2003. Jacking up Costs.Â Contractor-official nexus.Â Does CWG stands forÂ Common wealth Games or Commercialised Wrangled Gamble?
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