Rules and regulations thrown to the winds: Kulageri

Raju Kulageri, social activist and president of the Hyderabad Karnataka Yuva Horata Samiti, has accused Vidyasagar Kulkarni, Gulbarga Development Authority (GDA) chairman, and the GDA Commissioner, of violating the Karnataka Transparency and Public Procurement Act (KTPP) 1999, and the directions of the State government while allotting land-levelling and demarcation work worth Rs. 1.35 crore.

Dr. Kulageri released documents pertaining to allotment of these works in the newly formed Vajpayee GDA Residential Layout here at a press conference here on Saturday. All norms, rules and regulations to be followed while allotting the work have been thrown to the winds, he said.

The State government had clearly stated that the GDA should strictly follow the provisions of the Act. The work was to be taken up after publishing tenders in the State tender bulletin. Before allotting the work, GDA was told to obtain permission from the government. “None of these conditions was followed while allotting work to the Nirmiti Kendra. The kendra itself does not have the required technical staff to begin work on this project,” he said.

On December 26 last year, GDA signed an agreement with the Nirmiti Kendra and also gave an advance of Rs. 50 lakh to begin work. “The speed at which the allotment process was completed raised suspicions. The funds may be misappropriated,” he said, and suspected that GDA had allotted the work to the kendra with an ulterior motive.

While the GDA Commissioner had the power to allot works of up to Rs. 5 lakh, the GDA itself could allot works worth up to Rs. 25 lakh. However, the authority would need the government’s permission before allotting any work above that limit, he pointed out.

“GDA has formed the layout haphazardly, and accepted applications from the public for the allotment of sites even before beginning development work in the layout. The sites should not be allotted without verification of individual applications by a scrutiny committee,” he said, and called for the allotment process to be stopped immediately.

Dr. Kulageri said he would move court , seeking its direction to the Lokayukta to conduct a thorough probe into the allotment of the work. He would also file a complaint in this regard with the Governor, Chief Secretary and the Lokayukta, he added.

  • ‘GDA was told to follow the Karnataka Transparency and Public Procurement Act’

  • Before allotting work, GDA was told to

    obtain permission from the government