The Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) has been consistently failing in collection of its dues amounting to over a Rs 1.5 crore from various government departments, some of which are pending for more than 47 years.
The annual audit report points out that CTU was unable to recover over Rs 50 lakh from other state transport undertakings - Haryana Roadways, PEPSU Road Transport Corporation (PRTC), Punjab Roadways and Himachal Roadways - for supplying spare parts at prescribed rates.
As per the official records, CTU supplied spare parts to Haryana Roadways between 1968 and 2002 and is yet to recover
26.83 lakh, while PRTC owes CTU Rs 6.78 lakh for spare parts from 1969 to 1993.
Similarly, CTU has to recover Rs 9.7 lakh ( 1967 to 2005) and Rs 1.16 lakh (1968 to 1994) from Punjab Roadways and Himachal Roadways, respectively. Chandigarh administration also owes CTU Rs 6.8 lakh for spare parts supplied from 1967 to 1993.
Another Rs 74.30 lakh stands non-recovered on account of providing travelling concessions to police personnel.The scrutiny of records also reveals that non-recovery of money for providing buses to different departments stands at Rs 31.88 lakh. Part of the amount is pending since 1986.
The inefficiency of CTU can be gauged from the fact that it flouted the rules for providing facility of special booking of buses on demand from various government department and other social organisations.
As per the rules regarding special booking, the contract money based on the contemplated mileage along with security deposit for unforeseen charges, should be taken in advance at the time of contract. Refund of the excess amount can be made to the party after the completion of the journey.
Also, CTU has failed to give reasons to the audit department for non-recovery of dues.
Transport director TPS Phoolka said they had started the process of recovering the outstanding dues. The audit department has also rapped the CTU for loss of revenue due to non-advertisement on bus tickets.
The audit report observed that the CTU got the passenger tickets printed at government press at the rate of Rs 6.39 per book of 100 tickets, and during the years 2013-14, 15.59 lakh books were printed, thereby incurring a huge cost of Rs 98.6 lakh.
However, the department has not explored the possibilities of rendering the backspace of tickets for advertisement, so that some revenue could be earned. Such practice is being adopted by other state transport undertakings like Rajasthan Roadways.