The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has indicted a number of Delhi government departments for wasteful expenditure, stuck infrastructure and social security projects, besides ignoring key environmental issues.
Drainage and Yamuna
The CAG slammed the government for failing to have a dedicated master plan on sewage rehabilitation. “Sewage from 46% of the population including that of unauthorised colonies flows into storm water drains [and eventually to the Yamuna untreated]. The agencies concerned did not assess the impact of sewage flowing into storm water drains,” a CAG report tabled in Parliament on Friday said.
“After 2004, the irrigation and flood control department (IFCD) did not carry out regular topographical surveys of the Yamuna to ascertain changes in annual features of the river bed due to monsoons. IFCD did not propose any new work till May 2011, even after the Yamuna breached danger levels in 2008, 2009, and 2010,” the report said, criticizing the government for failing to ensure de-silting of drains and dumping of removed silts in authorized locations.
The CAG report also flayed the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) for failing to discharge its duties to make Delhi slum-free. “The roads and drainage in JJ clusters are in dilapidated condition. The board failed to provide even basic facilities like public toilets,” the CAG report said.
“It didn’t form the Urban Shelter Consultative Committee and Basti Vikas Samitis and didn’t initiate any new housing scheme for relocation of residents of jhuggi jhopri bastis”, it said. “The Board did not have a complete and reliable record of its properties. Rs. 232.10 crore was outstanding to be recovered from allottees of its properties,” the report said, adding, “Functional condition of night shelters was not up to mark. Blankets were in unhygienic condition and lighting arrangement was not made in many night shelters.”
It’s not just the Delhi government but the municipal corporations too have come under fire after the audit. It criticised them for not maintaining community halls properly. “Basic amenities and facilities such as drinking water, sanitation, drainage and sewerage, electric fittings etc were absent or of sub-standard quality. Parking facilities, kitchen facilities and fire safety arrangements were not up to the mark. Monitoring of functioning is not effective, the report said.
The CAG also flayed Indraprastha Power Generation Company for acting in a way that led to giving undue benefit to discoms. By delaying recovery of advance income tax paid, it blocked their funds and suffered an interest loss of Rs. 6.42 crore leading to undue financial benefit to discoms,” the report said.