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Faulty design of drains & sewers cost civic coffers Rs. 108 crore

Sandip Chowdhury, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, January 14, 2013
First Published: 12:20 IST(14/1/2013) | Last Updated: 12:23 IST(14/1/2013)

Kolkata Municipal Corporation had to incur a loss of Rs. 108 crore and a delay of five years in the projects for underground sewerage & drainage improvement under the Kolkata Environment Improvement Project for faulty design and improper planning, reveals the Comptroller and Auditor General report.

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CAG in its 2009-10 report clearly states that significant deficiencies in various stages of the planning of the underground sewerage & drainage improvement project, resulting in huge upward revision in contract price amounting to Rs. 108.15 crore (for 15 packages) and delay up to five years from the year of agreement. The blame should go to both the Trinamool Congress-BJP board led by Subrata Mukherjee (200005) and Left Front board led by Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya (2005-10).

“I didn’t find any irregularities, but if the CAG had made observations, KEIP officers should answer it. I had followed ADB guidelines stringently,” former mayor Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharyya said reacting to the CAG report.

Auditors say that the Detailed Engineering Designs to be prepared by Design and Supervision Consultant incorporating all findings and inputs of detailed topographical and total station surveys, soil surveys and other hydro-geological investigations essential for such project were not done.

“The DSC couldn’t submit the DED report making it obvious that no such report was prepared at all for projects involving thousands of crores.

Even the 14 contract packages of underground sewerage & drainage improvement were executed prior to finalising a master plan,” the CAG auditors said in its report.

The Rs. 1,806.18 crore KEIP, an Asian Development Bankaided project has R1047.18 crore project for underground sewerage & drainage improvement, was under the scanner of Comptroller and Auditor General.


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