The Comptroller Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in the assembly on Monday criticised the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) for inefficiency in procuring buses and generating revenues.
“The fleet utilisation and vehicle productivity was less than all-India averages. Route planning was deficient. The number of routes not recovering the variable cost increased from 15.24% to 63.80 % during 2010-15. Scheduled kilometres of 14.14% to 21.29% were missed. Breakdowns increased from 1.77 to 5.35 per 10,000 kilometres of operation,” CAG report pointed out.
The audit observed that against the all-India average fleet utilisation of 90.1%-91.2 % of state transport buses during 2010-14, DTC’s utilisation was 75.03 % in 2010-11 and 84.10 % in 2014-15. “Main reasons contributing to low fleet utilisation included aged standard floor buses, delay in getting motor vehicle inspection certificate and increased rate of breakdowns,” the report said.
Also, the corporation could not procure new buses despite availability of funds. “It also lost the opportunity of availing central assistance of `204.57 crore,” the report said.
Audit also observed that 1,888 buses of 34 depots were challaned and impounded for 3,831 days during 2010-15 resulting in 7.38 lakh kilometres being missed and loss of revenue of `1.29 crore.
Audit noted that there were frequent changes in the proposals, cancellation of tenders and retendering of buses. In this process, a payment of R 0.58 crore to the consultants was rendered infructuous.
CAG also said the government favoured the cluster buses. “The corporation and cluster buses were operating 95 routes under the unified time table. Audit observed that deployment of buses between the corporations and cluster buses on 13 of these routes with comparatively higher earning per km, was not in accordance with agreed ration of 50:50. It was observed that 7.14 to 28.57 trips were allocated to cluster buses in excess of the agreed share,” the report stated.
The audit of Delhi government’s revenue sector departments for 2014-15 revealed under-assessment or revenue loss and other irregularities of `159.57 crore.