The Capital’s unauthorised colonies have been a source of large-scale misappropriation of funds by both the Delhi Jal Board and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the CAG report said.
Delhi has 607 unauthorised colonies under the civic body, of which 40 have not been regularised so far.
To provide facilities such as drinking water, sewerage facilities, roads, drains, pavements, street lighting, parks and dustbins, the DJB and the MCD carry out developmental works from loans received from the Delhi government.
As of March 2008, water lines had been laid in 557 colonies and sewer lines had been extended to 517 colonies.
The water board was unable to spend the allotted funds and around 38 per cent of the water sector funds and 60 per cent funds for the sewer network lay unutilised, the report said.
The MCD diverted Rs 24.4 crore as supervision and establishing charges, while the DJB diverted Rs 2.4 crore meant for works in regularised and unauthorised colonies to other colonies.
The DJB had dues outstanding from customers up to Rs 4.38 crore in the form of development charges and dishonoured cheques.
As the DJB had not notified by July 2009 the sewer lined laid between 2007 and 2009, residents were deprived of connections and lines remained non-functional.
The report has scathing observations about the municipal body as well.
“The MCD did not fix any time frame for the award of works after opening of tenders work orders were issued with significant delays from 46 to 340 days,” the report said, adding, “Seventy per cent of the works had not been inspected.”
The DJB also lost a lot of revenue due to defective, non-functional meters.
Its zonal revenue officers had not conducted the mandatory random checks of at least 10 premises per month, resulting in outstanding of revenues, the report said.
There are also hints at the civic bodies giving undue advantage to errant contractors.
“The division had granted undue benefits to the contractor by not levying compensation for delay amounting to Rs 53.10 lakh. The reason recorded for grant of extension of time was not acceptable….,” the CAG report said.