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Saturday, August 6, 2011

STATUE ERECTING SCANDAL: CAG flays Mayawati for extra expenditure on memorials!


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PTI / The Hindu / LUCKNOW, August 6, 2011.

PTI / The Hindu / LUCKNOW, August 6, 2011.

UP Chief Minister Mayawati paying floral tribute to her mentor and Founder of BSP Kanshi Ram at Jail Road in Lucknow. A file photo: Subir Roy.
UP Chief Minister Mayawati paying floral tribute to her mentor and Founder of BSP Kanshi Ram at Jail Road in Lucknow. A file photo: Subir Roy.

The Comptroller and Auditor General has slammed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati for incurring an “extra” expenditure of Rs 66 crore on her two dream projects - B R Ambedkar and Kanshi Ram memorials Lucknow.

The auditor said a sum of Rs 15 crore was wasted transporting stone blocks used in the memorials from Lucknow to Rajasthan and back. An avoidable expenditure of more than Rs 22 crore was also incurred by revising contracts.

The two projects - Bhim Rao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal (DASPS) and Manyawar Kanshi Ram Smarak Sthal (MKRSS) were executed by government body Rajkiya Nirman Nigam (RNN).

Noting that the initial outlay for the two works was Rs 881.22 crore, which included Rs 366.82 crore for DASPS and Rs 514.4 crore for MKRSS, the CAG in a report tabled in the UP Assembly on Friday said due to frequent changes in drawings/estimates and addition of new works, total sanctioned cost of the projects as revised upto December 31, 2009 was Rs 2451.93 crore.

Against this funds of Rs 2261.19 crore were released by the State government between November 2007 to December 2009.


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