Kempe Gowda layout works may be delayed due to IT raids

Those who were happy at getting a site allotted in Kempe Gowda layout will face some problems as the person who was handling the work is Chandra­kanth Ramalingam, the man raided by Income Tax recently and arrested by CBI. The shocking part is that Chandrakanth, who is close to two raided bureaucrats SC Jaya­chandra and TN Chikkarayappa was allotted tenders to do work at all three places including the much awaited Kempe Gowda layout.

In a shocking revelation, Chandrakanth Ramalingam, it is learnt, has deep connections in the Karnataka bureaucracy due to which he was entasked with the job of developing the layout, which comprises thousands of BDA flats as well. On November 30, raids on the properties of Chandrakanth Ramalingam (owner of Ramalingam Construction Company) were conducted and he was arrested.

Ramalingam reportedly brokered deals and looked after the cash allegedly belonging to these officials. His rise – almost a rags-to-riches story – has been described as ‘phenomenal’. And that has been especially steep in the last three years after the Siddaramaiah government came to power. From a ‘nobody’ five years ago, today he is linked with the who’s-who in the state administration – including some top ministers and officials.

Besides, Ramalingam’s name is a familiar one in the corridors of the Public Works Department (PWD), Karnataka Rural Infrastructure Develo­pment Limited (KRIDL), Banga­lore Development Authority (BDA), Cauvery Neeravari Nig­am Limited, Karnataka State Highways Improvement Project (KSHIP) and irrigation departments.

After his arrest, concern over his completing the works at all three places such as Kempe Gowda layout where in the first stage BDA will offer around 5000 sites; second at Komaghatta in which his company has been asked to build flats and at Doddabannahalli, where flats too will come up (1200 in total), are being raised. Sadly, officials feel that despite his arrest, it will be a good thing to keep him as the contractor.

“In the BDA review meeting held recently, this issue of continuing Chandrakanth’s company as the implementing agency was discussed. Many objected to him carrying out the work as he was in jail. Whether he can be retained despite being arrested was also discussed. A decision to issue him a notice was also discussed, and possible delays in work were also deliberated,” a BDA official said.

When contacted, BDA Chairman and MLA Venkatesh said the issue was discussed at the review meeting and even the CM was aware of the facts. Now that he is arrested, and his company still around, his father maybe the go-to man. We will wait and see whether they implement the project. We will contemplate action only if work is affected.”

“Work is going on in Kempe Gowda layout and both flats and sites have to be given to the allottees at the end of this year, which is not possible now. BDA officials have asked the contractors to finish the work as soon as possible,” he said. Sources said Chandrakanth was a conduit for the illegal dealings of many IAS and IPS officials. As he was ‘helping’ the officers, in return he was awarded with many contracts. Sources also said Chandrakanth helped the bureaucrats convert their black money into white and it is at that time, Income-Tax officials raided him.

Credits Bangalore Mirror

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