Karnataka Bureau

It has been done with an eye on the elections: Deshpande

BBMP has ensured that only a few contractors got the contract, says Datta

Janata Dal (S) leader says a complaint has been submitted to State Election Commission

Bangalore: The Opposition Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular) cried foul over the decision of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to approve development projects to the tune of Rs. 3,400 in a hurried manner in a “midnight operation”.

While the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president R.V. Deshpande told presspersons in Udupi that the State Government had approved the projects with an eye on the polls, Janata Dal (Secular) spokesman Y.S.V. Datta sought a Lokayukta probe into the “midnight operation” in Bangalore.

‘Anti-democratic’

Describing as “anti-democratic” the action of the BBMP, Mr. Datta alleged that the civic body had ensured that only a few select contractors got the contract.

Questioning the approval of contracts when just 48 hours were left for the poll code to come into force, Mr. Datta claimed he had information that the BBMP was awarding the works at an exorbitant rate that was at least 35 to 40 per cent higher than the scheduled rates specified by the Public Works Department and the National Highways Authority of India for such projects.

Last date

On the claim of the BBMP that it only finalised the pre-qualification process on Tuesday, Mr. Datta wondered how the BBMP could do that when the last date for accepting bids for pre-qualification of construction management firms was January 22 as per a notification published by the BBMP on January 8.

The Janata Dal (S) also said that the party had submitted a complaint to the State Election Commission in this regard and the State Election Commissioner C.R. Chikkamath had assured them that he would seek a report from the Chief Secretary.

Mr. Datta asked from where the BBMP was going to get the funds from for the project when it had not yet paid about Rs. 600 crore to the local contractors who had completed works during last one year

Meanwhile, Mr. Deshpande said that the Government had cleared these works without inviting tenders and technical bids as it was aware that the Code of Conduct would come into force on January 15.

Manifesto

The BJP had come out with a special manifesto for the development of Bangalore during the 2008 Assembly elections, but had not implemented even one per cent of the promises made in it in the last 18 months.

When Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had stated that the State Government was facing a deficit of Rs. 4,000 crore, from where would he bring Rs. 3,300 crore for these works? Mr. Deshpande asked.

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