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Authority fails to meet budget targets again

The first meeting of Delhi Development Authority?s performance budget for July to September 2006 once again highlighted its failure to meet targets, reports Moushumi Das Gupta.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 02:06 IST

The first meeting of Delhi Development Authority’s performance budget for July to September 2006 once again highlighted its failure to meet targets.

The DDA’s five-member committee, headed by its finance member, on Friday said nearly 35 to 40 per cent of the allocations for constructing houses and other infrastructure projects between July and September 2006, remained unused.

For instance, the agency had failed to spend 42 per cent of the Rs 710 lakh allocated for building 220 LIG houses in Vasundhara Enclave. In most ongoing housing projects, the agency had failed to utilise the funds allotted to it, citing various reasons like delay in inviting tenders.

Similarly, of the Rs 460 lakh allocated in 2006-07 for developing plots near the Yamuna riverfront, the DDA had spent no money at all. DDA officials said work could not be taken up as the area had been transferred to DDA’s Commonwealth division for Commonwealth Games.

For the Commonwealth Games too, the DDA had allocated Rs 15,000 lakh. Of this, so far only Rs 6264 lakh (about 35 per cent) has been spent.

The DDA said it could not spend the entire allocated amount because of delay in appointing design consultants.   

Nasirpur MLA, Mahabal Mishra, a member of the committee said: “There is complete lack of internal coordination between the different departments. The committee has decided to work out a plan to improve coordination to achieve its targets.”

The DDA had failed to utilise its budget allocations in 2005-06 as well. It spent just Rs 544 crore of the total Rs 736 crore allocated for developing land for shops. Despite the acute shortage of authorised residential buildings and commercial shops, the DDA had spent just Rs 145 crore of the Rs 289 crore allocated.

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