New Delhi: Over Rs 250 crore of money collected from tax payers have been pocketed by several contractors executing the Commonwealth Games projects, a finding by the Prime Minister-appointed Shunglu Committee has revealed.

The ‘cost of delay’ by certain government departments in implementing infrastructure related projects and loss to DDA in construction of Commonwealth Games Village has been estimated as Rs 900 crore and Rs 300 crore respectively.

The Committee in its two reports -- construction of Village and development of City infrastructure -- has pointed out several irregularities like delays, collusive bidding and haste decision on part of certain Central and Delhi government officials. These glitches have led to crore of loss and escalation of cost to the government exchequer.

The committee has found procedural violations by Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other top government officials for alleged inadequacies and indications of their poor oversight in executing projects.

In its second report, the Committee said the Village site suffered from many shortcomings and necessitated extra spending of over Rs 630 crore in constructing a 'Barapullah Nallah' flyover. Besides, the project developer Emaar MGF also made gain of Rs 134 crore to Rs 220 crore. It has questioned the role of the consultant, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).

The Committee after interviewing 16 people has revealed that “The HLC, based on the records made available to it, finds that the Union Cabinet was not provided with all the information regarding the pros and cons of the location of the Games Village... The consultant chosen by DDA (PwC) to advise them on execution of the Games Village Project in the PPP mode failed to perform their assigned task satisfactorily."

(Agencies)