Sunday, October 17, 2010

CWG:contractor payed twice for same work

V K Shunglu, former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) who heads the investigation into the Commonwealth "scam", will have to hit the ground running, with evidence pouring in of irregularities in expenditure of public money.

In a clear case of nexus between government agencies and contractors engaged for Games-related projects, a preliminary probe by CAG has established that the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) paid a contractor twice for the same job at Talkatora swimming pool complex.

The first payment was made as part of the main contract worth Rs 200 crore. That should have been sufficient. But CPWD went on to show rare generosity to the contractor, Ahluwalia Constructions, handing them an additional contract for a job already covered by the main contract. In short, the contractor got paid twice for the same job.