By Accommodation Times News Service
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India have strongly shown the disappoint towards MMRDA and the principal secretary and the state urban development department for their incomplete projects. MMRDA has completed only 38 projects out of the city’s proposed 157 infrastructure.
The total cost of the Mumbai Urban Infrastructure Project (MUIP) was estimated at Rs 2,647crore in which MMRDA has spent only Rs 3,735.76crore for 38 works. MMRDA has planning body executed its first project MUIP but it started late and end late.
Manu Kumar Srivastava , principal secretary , UDD said, “with the passage of time, priorities shifted from roads and bridges to public transport like metro corridors and rail corridors and accordingly, a conscious decision was taken by the MMRDA not to take up the remaining MUIP works which were thought to be localized and related to urban local bodies”.
The CAG, however, has rejected the reply stating, “Abandoning the project midway on the plea of shifting of priorities clearly indicates flaws in planning. Further audit verification revealed 10 works valued at Rs 34.41crore were undertaken by MMRDA between January 2009-April 2011 within the jurisdiction of the BMC, which nullifies the contention that MMRDA was not mandated to take up localized works related to ULBs.”
The CAG report states that implementation of projects suffered due to non-availability of clear sites, delay in rehabilitation of project-affected persons, non-removal of encroachments/structures, delay in utility shifting and change in design after approval. “A number of works were awarded without inviting tenders and payments made to contractors in violation of tender provisions. In the absence of any cap, remuneration paid to project management consultants increased significantly with increase in project costs. The monitoring and internal control mechanisms were weak,” the report said.
MMRDA playing blame game on BMC stating that it did not release its share of Rs 300crore; it admitted the BMC has completed 49 works which reduced its target under MUIP.