December 8, 2022

The committee will submit its report back to the LG inside two weeks. (File)

New Delhi:

Lt Governor Anil Baijal has fashioned a three-member committee to look into the now-stalled means of procuring 1,000 buses by DTC amid demand for a CBI probe by the BJP.

The panel included a retired IAS officer, the principal secretary of vigilance and the transport commissioner of the Delhi authorities, in keeping with an order by the Vigilance Directorate on Wednesday.

It additional acknowledged that the phrases of reference of the committee will probably be to look at the entire tendering course of and analyse whether or not due course of was adopted underneath common monetary guidelines (GFR) and current guidelines of procurement.

It can even study irregularities, if any, within the tendering course of, any procedural lapses and likewise if the procurement course of will be structured in a greater and extra environment friendly mannequin, acknowledged the order.

The committee will submit its report back to the LG inside two weeks.

The transport division had in an order issued on June 11 stored in abeyance the method for procurement of 1,000 low-floor buses in addition to their annual upkeep by the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC).

Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot on Wednesday had mentioned the procurement course of has been stored in abeyance on account of an enquiry arrange by the L-G.

“The BJP has complained to the LG. An enquiry has been set up by the LG on their complaint. We have kept in abeyance the procurement process till the enquiry committee submits its report,” he had mentioned.

Meanwhile, the Delhi BJP leaders, in a press convention on Thursday, alleged {that a} “scam” has been dedicated within the bus procurement course of and demanded a CBI enquiry into it.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, who had raised the difficulty, mentioned Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot’s declare that the work order for the DTC buses was stored in abeyance after a committee was constituted by Delhi LG to look into the matter was a “lie”.

He additional claimed that an inner enquiry by the transport division has discovered “financial irregularities” within the bus procurement course of and demanded that the report be made public.

In January 2021, the Delhi authorities had positioned a piece order of 1,000 low-floor buses costing Rs 890 crore. Along with the order for buy, it additionally took out the tender for the annual upkeep of the buses.

The order for bus upkeep has been mounted at Rs 350 crore yearly. Not solely that, the contract for upkeep would additionally come into impact on the very first day of the acquisition of the buses, even when there’s a three-year guarantee, Gupta mentioned.

Considering the seriousness of the matter, the BJP calls for that L-G directs a CBI inquiry into the matter, he added.

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