New Delhi: Abundant money leads to over spending, and the same happened during the Commonwealth Games. This view was put forward every now and then by the Central and the state governments during the games. Yet, rampant irregularities in various projects of the CWG could not be prevented.

The report of Shunglu Committee highlights all these and particularly mentions that 25-30 percent extra was charged in every project. The report states that this extra charge was justified in the name of finishing the project in a short span of time.

The committee, in its report, has termed this reason as ‘no dearth of money syndrome’ and puts this at the base of the raised expenditures of the projects leading to widespread corruption during the Games.

The report brings to light the point that Commonwealth Games was awarded to India in 2003, yet no work was done for its organisation till 2006. The committee believes that had the work on beautification of the national capital started in 2007, it would have been completed in 36 months and the government could have saved Rs 130 crore. 

But, the real work started only in 2008, exactly after 5 years when the Games were awarded to India. By then it was too late.

Due to this delay a sense of uncertainty prevailed which was used as a tool to reap personal benefits leading to huge irregularities in the CWG, the report reveals.

Civic bodies in Shunglu's net

There are many guilties in the Shunglu committee's report but those who have been given specific mention include PBD, NDMC, MCD and DDA officials.

The report points out that due to their lazy attitude, financial irregularities took place in the various projects of the Commonwealth Games. The Committee has also mentioned some other names in its report.

The Committee has included Delhi CM Shela Dikshit's name too in its report, besides including the names of Principal Secretary, Public Works Department, K K Sharma, then Engineer-in-Chief of PWD R Subramanian and Chairman Parimal Rai. These persons have been held chiefly responsible for the irregularities.

(JPN/ Bureau)