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10 years on, CWG mess: 50 payment cases, Rs 40-cr aerostat idle

Written by Mihir Vasavda
| New Delhi |

October 3, 2020 4:15:12 am


On October 3, 2010, the 19th Commonwealth Video games received off to a vibrant begin on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium within the Nationwide Capital.

Fifty pending instances of cost disputes associated to contracts. Practically Rs 7 crore paid by the federal government to arbitrators. And a showpiece Rs 40-crore aerostat mendacity unused in New Delhi, regardless of a request from Sri Lanka.

On October 3, 2010, the 19th Commonwealth Video games received off to a vibrant begin on the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium within the Nationwide Capital. However precisely 10 years later, the authorized mess left behind by the scandal-ridden sporting occasion hasn’t been cleared, based on particulars obtained by The Indian The Press Reporter below the Proper to Info (RTI) Act.

Responding to an RTI request from The Indian The Press Reporter looking for particulars of cost disputes associated to the Video games, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports activities mentioned there are 50 instances pending earlier than numerous courts and in arbitration as on July 27, 2020.

In its response dated September 9, the Ministry didn’t disclose the full value of contracts concerned in disputes. Nevertheless it mentioned in one other RTI response dated July 31 that it had paid Rs 6.92 crore to arbitrators in relation to totally different issues as on March 31, 2020.

Officers conscious of the scenario instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that the worth of contracts in query is “near Rs 700 crore”. “Since parts of the contracts, and never the agreements in its entirety, are being challenged, it’s robust to estimate the precise monetary burden,” an official mentioned.

The Indian The Press Reporter had filed a number of RTI functions to the Sports activities Ministry and Sports activities Authority of India (SAI) in July and August, looking for details about the pending instances over funds and present standing of things bought for the Video games. The replies had been acquired in July, August and September.

On the aerostat, SAI responded on September Three that “the fabric belongs to organising committee CWG however mendacity at JN Stadium”. The Rs 40-crore helium balloon was used because the showpiece for the opening and shutting ceremonies.

When contacted, former organising committee chief government Jarnail Singh instructed The Indian The Press Reporter that Sri Lanka Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was one of many chief visitors for the closing ceremony because the nation’s president on the time, had requested for the aerostat.

“Many individuals had been keen to take it, together with the (then) Sri Lankan President. We had additionally provided it to the DRDO (Defence Analysis and Improvement Organisation) however they weren’t keen (to take it). So we put it in its container and saved it contained in the stadium itself,” Singh mentioned.

Requested for particulars of cost disputes, the Ministry’s RTI response dated September 9 listed 33 distributors, people and authorities concerned within the 50 instances, together with Customs and Tax departments.

A number of the main distributors listed are Swiss Timing, whose contract was value Rs 135.27 crore, and Nussli India, which was given a contract of almost Rs 140 crore for supplying transportable cabins, containers, tents and different objects for six venues. The record additionally contains Electronics Company of India for a contract accredited at Rs 346 crore.

The person contract quantities had been obtained from an audit report on the Video games that was launched by the Comptroller and Auditor Common (CAG) of India in 2011.

In its RTI response, the Ministry mentioned: “Funds are made to the involved Get together(ies) as and when due based mostly on Arbitration awards/Courtroom orders… Pursuits are paid, if any, to the involved Get together(ies) as and when due based mostly on Arbitration awards/Courtroom orders.”

Aside from the federal government, the Ministry’s RTI reply exhibits, one case was filed by a vendor, Premier Manufacturers Pvt Ltd, over a merchandising subject in opposition to Suresh Kalmadi who was the organising committee chairman. In 2017, the Ministry dissolved the committee.

In keeping with the CAG report, the committee had “‘bought/leased 3,302 laptops and desktops for Rs 9.80 crore in a number of batches throughout April to September 2010”. Requested concerning the standing of these things, the Ministry mentioned in an RTI reply dated August 6: “A lot of widespread use know-how objects like desktops, laptops, electrical gear and so on had been transferred to numerous stakeholders together with Ministries/Departments and Govt. Our bodies and their current standing will not be out there within the Ministry.”

It mentioned that kitchen gear procured has been “transferred to the Indian Army Academy” in Dehradun. In keeping with the CAG, the gear was airlifted from London at a value of Rs 8.59 crore.

The CAG report had additionally pointed that the estimated value of the Video games had ballooned from Rs 297 crore talked about in a Cupboard notice of Might 2003 to Rs 18,532.31 crore as of October 2010”. The Ministry, nonetheless, didn’t reply to a separate questionnaire despatched by The Indian The Press Reporter on the ultimate invoice of the Video games — or whether or not it had any plans for utilising the aerostat.

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