Comptroller and Auditor General of India warps Bangalore Development Authority for generous spending of public money
Feb 27, 2014
Source : The Times of India


BANGALORE: The generous donation by Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has invited the wrath of Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

The CAG in its report tabled in the legislative assembly on Tuesday on the general and social sectors for the year between 2008-13 has observed that the BDA irregularly donated Rs 10.19 crore for various purposes between 2009-12, not permitted by the BDA Act. "BDA is neither a charitable institution nor is authorized to undertake charitable institution nor is authorized to undertake charitable activities as the BDA Act," report noted.

In another observation on the lapses of BDA, the CAG has highlighted that BDA awarded the advertising rights of five flyovers to two agencies for Rs 7.29 crore for a period of five years. The agreements of these agencies had not been renewed every year, though required. After remitting Rs 2.79 crore the agencies stopped further payments. The BDA took no action till the expiry of the five year period, losing a revenue of Rs 4.50 crore in the process.

In similar observation, the CAG has pointed out that the BDA took up the restoration of Doddadirakallu lake at a cost of Rs 8.25 crore. But the restoration work was taken up without clearing the encroachments and without diverting of a lake. After incurring an expenditure of Rs 1.06 crore on restoration, there was no improvement in the condition of the lake which continued to receive sewage water, polluting the environment.

The report also observed that the government had not followed any norms or criteria for establishing government residential educational institutions which was driven mainly by recommendations received from the elected representatives.

Only 234 residential schools and colleges had own buildings while others had been functioning in rented or rent free premises lacking basic facilities such as toilet, bathroom, classroom, playground, library, benches and tables, laboratories, CAG pointed out.

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