A former Deputy Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) will oversee the tender process ahead of the fourth and final Test between India and South Africa to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the first week of December.
On his first day at the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) office, Justice (retired) Mukul Mudgal — appointed by the Delhi High Court as an observer in the run-up to the Test match — made it clear that transparency will be the cornerstone henceforth.
“All the tenders that will be issued for the Test match will be verified independently by a former deputy CAG. In order to make the process fair and transparent, all tender documents will be checked and scrutinised by a deputy CAG,” Mudgal said on Saturday.
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Allegations that contracts have regularly been awarded to those agencies close to DDCA officials was levelled by former Test all-rounder Kirti Azad on Friday.
“It has been decided to issue short tenders for various services to be provided for the forthcoming Test match in Delhi. The short tenders are for: in stadia rights, transport, catering, security and baggage scanner, housekeeping, walkie-talkies and public announcement system and tent,” Mudgal said in a statement.
DDCA working president Chetan Chauhan and treasurer Ravinder Manchanda were among the officials who interacted with justice Mudgal.
Talking about the number of complementary passes, justice Mudgal said that he was bound by a single-judge order. “A single judge order permitting 10,000 complimentary passes is in place and I cannot interfere with that. In a Test match, we don’t envisage a full house. We have given a proposal subject to the approval of the High Court that we want two stands at ground level to be reserved for school children. Entry of school children, preferably from the weaker section, will be free. This is subject to HC permitting us to do so,” he said.
“We are also trying to see children can be provided some edibles. These are students who can never afford a Test match ticket.” Among other proposals Justice Mudgal wants to implement is a ticket-window at the DDCA premises.