Bharatiya Janata Party president Nitin Gadkari has pointed the finger at the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) in connection with corruption in the Commonwealth Games.

‘Cleared and approved'

He said that for some of the works, the cost estimates were revised several times from 2007 to 2010, and these were “processed by the Ministry concerned, cleared by the Prime Minister's Office and then approved by the Cabinet.”

For five stadiums — the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the Dhyan Chand National Stadium, the Indira Gandhi National Stadium complex, the S.P.M. Swimming Pool complex and Dr. Karni Shooting Range — the approved cost was Rs.1,000 crore. But by March 5, 2009, it escalated two-and-half times to Rs.2,460 crore.

Detailed design plans for modifications of the stadiums were made, and yet, without further modifications or additions the cost went up several times, Mr. Gadkari said in a statement.

Five-fold increase

While Rs.200 crore was initially provided for overlays, the proposals went up to Rs.948 crore, a five-fold increase, Mr. Gadkari noted.

The question the BJP was asking was how such steep cost escalation was approved without going into details. And this was apparently done at various stages before clearances from the PMO and the Cabinet, he said.