Sunday, April 5, 2009

Audit Began for 2010 CWG by CAG India

Audit Began for 2010 CWG by CAG IndiaAmid fears of attracting international disrepute for delays in execution of projects for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the Comptroller and Auditor General has begun a quick audit of the ongoing projects.

"The auditing watchdog has started audit of the projects, the cost of which could go beyond Rs 9,000 crore. We have obtained Games masterplan and other documents and hope to complete the audit by May-June," a source in the know said.

The preliminary inquiry, source said, indicates that there have been inordinate delays in awarding works even as several projects are running behind schedule.

The government has already drawn flak from different quarters for delays in projects relating to the Games scheduled between October 3-14 next year.

Auditors have taken a strong exception to abandoning of projects, extravaganza, poor planning and mismanagement among other issues, sources said, citing examples of how a project to build an underground tunnel from the Games Village to sports facilities was abandoned and then plans were made for elevated roads.

It still remains a million-dollar question as to how such a huge crowd would come out of the residential facilities at the Games Village and reach the venue as there is only one route, sources said, questioning preparedness on infrastructure front.