Delhi: A probe into a Rs 1300 crore scam in classroom construction is recommended by the Vigilance Directorate

Delhi: A probe into a Rs 1300 crore scam in classroom construction is recommended by the Vigilance Directorate
Delhi: A probe into a Rs 1300 crore scam in classroom construction is recommended by the Vigilance Directorate

In the construction of 2,405 classrooms in 193 government schools in the national capital, the Delhi government’s vigilance directorate (DoV) has recommended a “detailed investigation” by a specialized agency into “grave irregularities and corruption”.

A report on the incident has been submitted to the Chief Secretary by the Delhi government’s vigilance department.

Also, it recommended that the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) consider its findings, along with those of the Public Works Department and the Education Department.

In February 2020, the CVC sent the report to the Department of Veterans Affairs for comment. In August this year, Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena ordered the Chief Secretary to inquire into the delay, and submit a report regarding it, after the AAP government did not pursue the matter for two and a half years.

“The administration was run by extra constitutional agencies/persons (like M/s Babbar & Babbar Associates) who dictated the terms and conditions to the officers. Both the policy level as well as the execution level of the administration was implementing directions from a private individual in a place like the National Capital of the Country, which is not only against TBR, 1993 and other rules, regulations and guidelines, but also poses a serious security threat. According to the report, such an approach will lead to chaos and administrative anarchy.

In regards to the construction of classrooms, the CVC received a complaint on August 25, 2019. “Richer specifications” led to an increase in construction costs of up to 90 percent without calling for tenders. There was no tender process for the increase in cost of Rs 500 crores approved by the Delhi Government. Construction of the project was of poor quality and incomplete due to blatant violations of the GFR and the CPWD Works Manual.

There was an increase in costs of 53% compared to the awarded amount, which was Rs.326.25 crore.