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Oct 21, 2010 at 09:31pm IST

After the Games, DDA and Emaar MGF lock horns

New Delhi: Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy defended the Delhi Development Authority's (DDA) Rs 760-crore bailout of Emaar MGF while building the Games village. The minister said that the deal was profitable and necessary.

The Commonwealth Games might have ended but the controversies certainly haven’t. Now it’s the Urban Development Ministry, which has taken on builders hired during the Games.

Not too long ago images taken of apartments in the Games Village had shocked the entire nation - dirty bathrooms, fittings hanging out, and filthy mattresses - pictures shot literally on the eve of the Commonwealth Games. Now a day after the Urban Development Ministry chose to confiscate a sum of Rs 183 crore from the developers of the village, Emaar MGF, the company is hitting back.

CNN-IBN has an exclusive copy of the letter, which shows EMAAR MGF accusing the DDA and other government agencies for the mess that the Games Village had turned into.

"Multiple agencies have been working on the site and towers to carry out work at the instance of DDA which has created a mess. We have no control over these agencies.

The ITDC staff has been working in a most callous and negligent manner resulting in damage and theft of electrical fittings, glass panes, flooring, kitchen fittings etc. The staff deployed by the ITDC is apparently inexperienced and rowdy.

They caused damage to the lift while carrying furniture. It’s DDA's responsibility to ensure that such thefts don't happen," said the letter available with CNN-IBN.

However, the government too is ready with its response. The Urban Development Ministry has also come under fire and is hurling accusations back at Emaar MGF and the DDA.

"I wasn’t told about some of the decisions...DDA was being emotionally blackmailed," said Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy.

Before the games began, PM Manmohan Singh had promised exemplary action against all those who were found involved in corruption surrounding the Games. But with different agencies of the government practically accusing each other daily and playing the blame game the task of finding out the real culprit will be a difficult one.

CNN IBN has also learnt that now the Estimates Committee of Parliament headed by Congress MP Fransico Sardinha will also be taking a close look at the mess around the village.

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