Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has criticised the Akhilesh Yadav government for financial mismanagement during last year’s Mahakumbh Mela in Allahabad stating that state government ended up spending only one per cent of the entire expenditure of the mela instead of 70 per cent that it was supposed to.
The fact came to fore in the annual report of CAG for Enterprises in non public sector and Mahakumbh-2013, which was tabled by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan in the state Assembly Tuesday.
In the report on non public sector, the CAG has reviewed the construction of memorials and Yamuna Expressway during the previous BSP regime.
As per the report, state government spent only one per cent of its share of the total estimate for Mahakumbh mela, which was Rs 1,214.37 crore. The Centre had to pay 30 per cent of the estimate while state’s share was remaining 70 per cent. According to the report, the Centre released Rs 1141.63 crore, which included its 30 per cent share and an additional aid of Rs 800 crore. Eventually, state government’s share was reduced to only one per cent, which was Rs 10.57 crore.
For the Yamuna Expressway, CAG said the road had to pass through undeveloped areas and the developer was to be provided land on his request, selection and availability. The report mentions that government did not identify the land parcels, which were to be given on concession before tendering. Due to this, land at prime location was transferred at concessional rate. CAG report also states that allotment of Rs 498.93 hectare of land adjoining Expressway was wrong.
The report mentions that certain clauses in the tenders were not clear, which gave the developer an advantage. The government also did not show due diligence in relinquishing the share of Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) and without analysis accepted the Detailed Project Reprot (DPR) and the project was handed over to Jaiprakash Industries Limited (JIL) “which was like giving undue favour to the developer”
CAG report mentions that if YEIDA had 25 per cent stake, then till March 31, 2013 it would have generated a revenue of Rs 872.94 crore from land development and toll revenue.
Though the agreement was signed in 2003, the developer presented the Technical and Economical Feasibility Report (TEFR) in November 2006, which should have been done within two years. CAG also raised a finger over high toll rate on the Expressway and rebate on stamp duty amounting to Rs 9.98 crore.
The CAG also took up the review of four memorials constructed during BSP regime. The memorials are Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal, Manyavar Kanshiram Ji Smarak Sthal, Baudh Vihar Shanti Upvan and Eco Park and Manyavar Kanshiram Ji Green Eco Garden in continued…