New Delhi:  Miffed by the reckless attitude of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in maintenance of roads, the Delhi government has withdrawn the contract of construction of 500 kilometres of roads over 30 metre-wide from the MCD and transferred it to the Public Works Department (PWD).

However, the MCD has termed the decision as part of petty politics in the state. The BJP leaders seated on the top positions of the MCD said, “The real face of PWD’s laziness and rampant corruption has already been exposed in the CAG and CBI reports.”

Terming the decision to be politically influenced, MCD Standing Committee Chairman Yogendra Chandolia has called for a special meeting on Wednesday to decide on further strategy and has asked the Deputy Governor to scrap the decision.

Putting forth his version he said, “The government spends ten times more on roads than the MCD, but the PWD roads are more miserable.”

Chairman of MCD Construction Committee Jagdish Mamgain said, “The CAG and CBI reports have already exposed the PWD. The Barapula construction was to be completed before September 2010 but the work is still in progress. The CBI has filed a case against the PWD for Rs 109 crore over expenditure and poor quality materials used in the construction of the Ring Road bypass on the Salimgarh-Velodrome road. 

It has been alleged that the contract for the flyover to be made on the Rajaram Kohli Marg was given on escalated rates but cracks are visible even before its completion. All the samples of the Ghazipur Grade separator are lying scattered and the quality is of poor standard. He also claimed irregularities worth Rs 14.83 crore in the installation of the sign boards.

(JPN/Bureau)