The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday alleged that BJP leaders have been delaying the work on the Rani Jhansi Flyover here, to shoot up project costs to get more commission.

AAP leader Dilip Pandey, addressing the media, said that the project was started in 1998 and added that “even though the project is not even half complete, the cost has shot up from Rs 70 crore to Rs 700 crore”.

AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj said that the project is being executed jointly by the Railways and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), both working under the BJP.

“The delay is not by chance, but it’s by design, it’s intentional,” Pandey said.

The AAP leader said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders want to delay the project so that the project cost would increase and more kick backs would reach their pockets.

Referring to the new BJP MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) leaders, Pandey said: “Just collection agents have changed and the corruption is going on more than before.”

The AAP leader said that even the High Court had asked to fix a deadline for completion of the project.

Pandey said this is not the first time and the BJP has done this in the past too.

The leader added that the MCD has been asking the Delhi government for more funds from time to time and the Union Development Ministry sanctioned Rs 85 crore in 2016, without even asking the reason for the project’s delay.

Bharadwaj said that payment has been made for a part of the project that is yet to be completed.

“The LG (Lieutenant Governor) office should say how the payment was made as he was monitoring the project,” he added.

First Published | 19 August 2017 9:59 PM
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