Last week, TOI reported that a sub-divisional officer of the GMDA had purportedly certified the completion of the sewer pipeline shifting work at IFFCO Chowk before the construction of a flyover at the junction, following which the project contractor was paid Rs 7 crore. The pipeline was, however, never relocated. Work on the flyover project began in 2017 and was completed in 2019. The payment was cleared in 2019.
Though both the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the GMDA have been blaming each other for the “lapse”, senior officials said that “none is ready to investigate the case and pinpoint the official responsible for the irregularities”. “So, we have asked the GMDA to share the details of the case with us,” said a senior official of the chief minister’s flying squad, a wing of the state CID.
However, senior GMDA officials said that the payment was released by the NHAI only. “They had their officials on the ground at the time of execution of the project,” said GMDA’s chief engineer Pradeep Kumar.
In fact, the NHAI executed a whopping Rs 2,000-crore project to construct underpasses and flyovers at IFFCO Chowk, Signature Towers crossing and Rajiv Chowk to decongest the…