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Officials apprise Patil of Admn stand on mega projects probe

Officials of the UT Administration gave a presentation to Administrator Shivraj Patil on Thursday about the government’s stand on the irregularities in allotment of mega projects...

Officials of the UT Administration gave a presentation to Administrator Shivraj Patil on Thursday about the government’s stand on the irregularities in allotment of mega projects,that had been highlighted by the special audit team of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

Last year,the MHA had ordered a special audit of the projects conceptualised and allotted during the tenure of former Administrator General S F Rodrigues (Retd). The audit report had accused senior officials of committing gross errors beside pointing out procedural lapses in allotment of projects as well as acquisition of land.

The Administration,however,had defended its officials and termed the report as ‘trash’. Replying to this,the MHA had lambasted the Administration for diverting attention from core issues and misinterpreting the audit observations.

The Central Vigilance Commission and the Central Bureau of Investigation have also conducted probes in the matter.

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For the last two months,the three-member commission headed by former IAS officer Arun Ramanathan has been questioning UT officials on the basis of information given to the special audit team.

Patil was apprised of the situation today. The mega projects proposed for the city have been embroiled in controversies from the word go.

While Filmcity and the Amusement-cum-Theme Park have already been scrapped,the future of the others is also uncertain.

The issue of release of land acquired for the third phase of IT Park was also discussed. The farmers have been demanding their land back as the land acquired for the first two phases of the IT Park have also not been fully utilised.

A senior official of the Administration said Patil was yet to take a final call on the issues taken up during the meeting.