Rama Raman, chairman of the Noida authority, on Tuesday assured residents that he will write to the government seeking directions about an audit of the DND Flyway concessionaire.
The assurance comes a day after officials of the Noida Toll Bridge Company Limited, concessionaire for DND Flyway, said that Uttar Pradesh government cannot order an audit by the comptroller and auditor general of India (CAG) into its account.
RK Bhargava, the chairman of NTBCL, in a statement on Monday said that the company is a private one and that the Noida authority has less than 10% stake in it.
“A minimum of 51% government stake is required for A CAG audit,” Bhargava had said.
He had also said that NTBCL has a well established group of auditors and that they submit the income and expenditure audit every year to the Noida authority.
Raman said, “We will definitely get the accounts of NTBCL examined. We will write to the government to seek its direction in this regard soon.”
Bhargava’s statements are in direct contradiction to Anita Singh’s letter to Noida authority last December, asking for a CAG audit, following demand by the residents. Anita Singh is the Uttar Pradesh principal secretary.
In consequence of Singh’s letter, former Noida MLA Nawab Singh Nagar and residents had held a meeting with Bhargava in this regard.
Residents alleged that the concessionaire, NTBCL, has recovered its cost of construction and it should now leave the DND toll. On Nagar’s request, Om Prakash Kohli, governor of Gujarat, had written to Ram Naik, governor of Uttar Pradesh in November to discuss the issue.
“Anita Singh had written to the Noida authority asking for a CAG audit, following directions of the governor. NTBCL is claiming Rs. 2,000 crore from the Noida authority to give up the toll. We want the CAG to examine this claim,” Nagar said.