Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Municipal corporation's claims of having developed many playgrounds and stadia fell flat when it became clear that works on most sports projects were just going on and on.

Chief Engineer Dhan Singh's claim that 16 playfields were completed was contested by corporators of the particular divisions.

Shyam Sundar Goud (Ameerpet), S. Prabharkar (Ramgopalpet), G.R. Lingamurthy (Begumpet) picked holes in his report stating the works were still pending. Hisamgunj Monda's Bhavarlal Varma created a flutter when he pointed out that though a borewell did not exist in Ghasmandi ground as also an old building supposed to have been renovated expenditure was shown for both works!

"This is blatantly illegal. I challenge the Commissioner to visit the site for a check," he informed the council as fellow members rallied around him. Commissioner Sanjay Jaju and Mr. Singh tried to defend the engineer claiming amount spent was actually much less.

When their efforts to pacify members did not bear fruit, Mayor T. Krishna Reddy advised them to inspect the sites once again and take action against engineers responsible for delays.