New Delhi: The skeletons of the Commonwealth Games-2010 are coming out of the closet and in the process are compounding the miseries of the Sheila Dikshit-led Delhi Government with each passing day.

As per the CAG report, the Delhi government favoured a private company and awarded contract to the tune of Rs 1, 00 crore without issuing any tender and evaluation. The State government also paid Rs 3 crore as consultation fees to the firm.

During the preparations of Commonwealth Games-2010, the State government flouted all norms to favour a private company Delhi Integrated Multi-model Transport System (DIMTS). The Chief Secretary of Delhi is the Chairman of DIMTS. Since it is not a government-run company, it is out of Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) ambit, as per the Companies Act.

As per the CAG report, the Delhi government used DIMTS to flout norms and dominate the show as per its whims and fancies. For all the major projects related to the improvement of transportation system before the CWG, the Delhi government had awarded a contract to Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) and DIMTS. In a joint venture, IDFC and DIMTS gave consultancy on transportation related projects.

The report points out financial irregularities in the purchase of low-floor buses, construction of bus shelters and the LED light panels used on the buses for revamping the public transport system.

Nearly Rs 3.17 crore was paid to DIMTS after which the State government also handed over the contract of constructing 1,000 bus shelters to it at the cost of Rs 96.70 crore. However, only 125 bus shelters were completed before Games.

Observing the favour done to DIMTS, the CAG report has made critical comments which will make it tough for the Delhi government to answer.

Not only this, DIMTS suggested procurement of costly low-floor buses during CWG. Around 2,500 buses were bought by the state government in first batch and later, DTC purchased 625 additional buses by paying the same amount.

The CAG report which was prepared two years back pointed out the loss of Rs 61 crore incurred during purchase of buses.

The same firm was consulted for the installation of LED panel which provides information about the approaching bus stop to the passengers. When the DTC refused to pay additional amount of Rs 16 lakh, the State government paid Rs 32 lakh as compensation to the firm.

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