Engineers being made scapegoats in CWG mess: Council (Lead)

August 11th, 2011 - 7:58 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 11 (IANS) In the wake of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s (CAG) report highlighting irregularities in Commonwealth Games projects, the Engineering Council of India (ECI) Thursday said engineers were being made “scapegoats” for the lapses of others.

Speaking to reporters, ECI chairman Uddesh Kohli said: “The cost of the projects shot up due to delay in the decision making process… Despite completing most of the projects on time, the engineers were not given any credit for there work and now they are being made scapegoats in the CWG fiasco.”

“Had there been any technical person in the decision making body, the preparation for CWG wouldn’t have gone haywire, because an engineer understands the technical aspect of construction project,” Kohli added.

Another council member A.K. Trivedi said the CAG report, which also talks about the role of engineers in CWG, was one-sided.

“CAG released only its version and has not produced the reply that was given by the engineering units. The version of other side should also be heard,” Trivedi said.

Another engineer Chander Verma said: “Despite facing financial odds and procedural delays, the engineers delivered on time and made the nation proud, but now we are being targeted for something which we have not committed. We are the vulnerable lot in the system.”

The council also demanded that probe in the CWG mess should be carried out by a team of competent professional engineers. It also pointed out that Shunglu committee too made hypothetical assumptions and discredited the effort of the engineers in creating Games-related infrastructure.

“Let the CAG report be examined and PAC (Public Accounts Committee) take a call on this,” another engineer said.

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