The armed forces are initiating action against construction companies for delays and corruption in projects following a scathing letter from Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat in which he flagged malpractices in the building of accommodation for soldiers across the country.
Sent to the three service chiefs a few days ago, the letter said ‘urgent measures are needed’ to stem cost overruns and shoddy construction and calls for time-bound action to fix responsibility against erring officials.
Sources said the letter was sent after a meeting between the CDS and the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) in which work done under the married accommodation project (MAP) was discussed.
The letter was part of “routine administrative actions which need no special attention”, they said. While there have been widespread complaints against MAP accommodation, as reported by ET earlier, a particular project in Meerut, completed in 2010, was discussed at the meeting.
The top officer faced questions from the CVC on slow progress, sub-standard construction and corrupt practices that have caused delays and overpayments.