New Delhi: The State BJP President Shri Adesh Gupta and his predecessor and MP, Shri Manoj Tiwari, today charged the Kejriwal government with scam worth crores of rupees in the matter involving setting up of seven temporary hospitals at different places in the capital. At a joint press conference here at state office, they said even a local court has given directions regarding probe into this by anti corruption bureau.
Shri Gupta said these temporary hospitals were to come up at seven different places in the city including Shalimar Bagh, Kirari, Sultanpuri, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalya, GTB hospital complex, Sarita Vihar and Raghuvir Nagar at a cost of Rs 1256 crore. But the city PWD minister Satyendra Jain and PWD engineer in Chief Shashikant conspired to change the terms of tenders issued thus leading to scam. In fact, as Shashikant was to retire on August 31, 2021 and the same day that work was awarded to only one company, SAM (India) and at the same time the rate in the tender was raised to 17.50 per cent from the earlier 14.75 per cent on the ground that prices of structural tubes have gone up. Present at the dais with them were state media chief Shri Naveen Kumar Jindal and state spokesperson Shri Aditya Jha.
The BJP State President alleged that increasing the rates in tender clearly means there is a big scam in it. While the Dwarka situated 1725 bedded hospital has yet not become operational while so much is being spent on setting up temporary hospitals only shows this, he added. He said it seems the Kejriwal government is not interested in completing under construction hospitals. The fact is making temporary hospitals rather than making already built ones operational gives more room for corruption and the Kejriwal and his ministers have thus made their intentions clear, Shri Gupta alleged.
In fact, Shri Gupta said while Kejriwal has been visiting poll bound states for his party expansion and making tall and false promises but the fact is Kejriwal government is neck-deep into several scams and have no answer for that. The Jal Board accounts have not been audited; there has been scam in ration distribution for poor, he added.
Shri Tiwari said he has written to chief vigilance commissioner asking for a probe into this scam. He said Kejriwal always claims his government tries to ensure the cost of a project is kept to minimum but the reality is the prices of a project are fixed at such a high level that despite reducing them the cost is still higher than the market rate and this leads to hefty income. He said the SAM India has been asked to complete this project in six months which is not possible that the company will finish works worth Rs 200 crore in a month as it already has works from other departments to complete.
He said involved in the scam of this Rs 1256 crore project along with Satyendra Jain are engineer in chief Shashikant, chief engineer Sanjeev Rastogi, other engineers including R K Malhotra and N K Sonkar. He further alleged tender for the project was issued even before the project was sanctioned. Afterall, to what extent Kejriwal government would empty the coffers of Delhi.