New Delhi, Jan 18 (Agencies): The 2010 Commonwealth Games is now under the scrutiny of a Parliamentary committee which Tuesday grilled top officials of the Urban Development ministry and civic agencies, seeking details about various construction projects.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development, headed by NDA Convenor Sharad Yadav, wanted to know the basis of selection of vendors, contractors and sourcing of construction material and whether pricing was done at competitive rates.

Additional Secretary in the Urban Development Ministry R C Mishra, other senior officials from the ministry and from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) appeared before the Committee.

The DDA and CPWD were working under the Urban Development Ministry for carrying out various infrastructure projects like building or renovating stadia, constructing houses for
athletes and beautifying the capital. The Committee members asked them to submit details about various aspects of the projects undertaken by them including the reasons for electing a particular vendor and a particular product.

The members also wanted the officials to make separate submissions regarding the  availability of certain materials which were procured from foreign countries and whether the same could have been procured domestically.
They also sought details about the cost incurred in procurement of materials and the choice of certain foreign  contractors for projects like the Commonwealth Games Village, which was developed by Emmar-MGF, a Dubai-based construction company.
The members also wanted to know why DDA bought a sizable number of flats in the Games Village once it had asked the foreign company to build it.