MMRDA awarded works sans availability of clear sites, says CAG
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) awarded works without availability of clear sites
Mumbai: The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) awarded works without availability of clear sites, leading to their foreclosure,the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has said.
The CAG report was tabled in the Maharashtra Legislature on Saturday, the last day of the monsoon session. MMRDA initiated a project called the Mumbai UrbanInfrastructure Project at an estimated cost of Rs 2,647 croreand with the objective of improving road network for efficienttraffic dispersal in Greater Mumbai. The project was approvedby GoM in November, 2003, for completion by November, 2006,the report said. But the performance audit of the project for the period 2008-09 to 2012-13 revealed that only 38 of the 157 items of work were taken up for execution as of November,2013, for which an expenditure of Rs 3,736 crore was incurred,a jump of 41 per cent over the sanctioned budget of Rs 2,647 crore.
Works were awarded without availability of clear sites, leading to foreclosure. The manual provisions and tender conditions were not followed, resulting in extra expenditure on a number of works, the report added.
“There were inadequacies in Project Management Consultancy agreements. Internal controls and monitoringmechanism were lax,” the report said. CAG was also critical of the state government on the implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Program.
“Government of India launched the National Rural Drinking Water Program in April, 2009, with the objective ofproviding the rural population with adequate and safe waterfor drinking, cooking and other basic domestic needs on asustainable basis,” the CAG report said, adding that “a performance audit of NRDWP was conducted for the period 2009-10 to 2012-13 in nine selected districts and 30 blocks”.
“Audit scrutiny revealed that the village and districtwater security plans and five-year rolling plan were notprepared. The GoI imposed cuts on the funds released by it dueto short release of matching funds by the state, under-utilisation of funds and delay in submission of annual actionplans. “As of April 2013, 48 per cent of the totalhabitations did not have access to piped drinking watersupply,” it said.
Measures taken for sustainability of drinking watersources and related schemes suffered due to inadequate fundingby the Centre, the report said. A large number of rural watersupply schemes were non-functional due to poor maintenance/non-payment of electricity bills, the CAG said.
“Water quality monitoring was poor; water samples werenot tested for pesticides and toxic/heavy metals. TheIntegrated Management Information System, the chief mechanismfor monitoring the programme, was unreliable,” the reportadded. PTI