New Delhi: In an indictment of the Delhi Metro Rail Corp. Ltd’s (DMRC) quality control practices, testing requirements were scaled down in at least four metro contracts, in some cases at the behest of the contractors because they were running behind schedule, the country’s top audit body the Comptroller and Auditor General has said in a report issued on Friday.
The report, which comes days after two major accidents involving metro construction last week, had been submitted to the ministry of urban development in July 2008, but were not tabled in parliament, something that Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General A. N. Chatterji described as “unprecedented” and “unconstitutional.”
Mint had reported in its 19 February edition that the CAG report had found several irregularities in DMRC’s quality control processes. The report also said the DMRC accepted test results despite the fact that company officials did not witness them and many were not preserved as well.
“Some of it has very direct linkages to what we are witnessing today,” Chatterji said, commenting on the report. “In order to hasten implementation of project, things were relaxed.”
“This report was deliberately delayed by the government. The CAG is a constitutional authority. Despite this, the government, in an unprecedented move, sent the report back to the CAG asking him to incorporate, more fully, the government’s responses,” Chatterji said.