Haryana let illegal colonies mushroom,spent crores on infra: CAG

The Haryana government has been indicted for not only allowing unauthorised colonies to mushroom across the state,but also for spending funds out of government exchequer to provide various facilities in such colonies.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Updated: April 17, 2014 10:43 am

The Haryana government has been indicted for not only allowing unauthorised colonies to mushroom across the state,but also for spending funds out of government exchequer to provide various facilities in such colonies.

Several government departments,including Town and Country Planning (TCP),Police,Revenue and Public Health and Engineering,have been slammed by the Comptroller and Auditor General in its audit report.

As per the records of Urban Local Bodies,there were 1,320 unauthorised colonies in the state as on June 30,2012. Holding TCP department primarily responsible for the unauthorised colonies,the CAG said,“As the overall responsibility of implementing the Development and Regulation of Haryana Urban Area Act,1975 lies with the TCP department,they should have evolved a mechanism to involve other departments to perform their duties in a coordinated manner”.

While indicting the police for not acting against the unauthorised colonies,the CAG said that between April,2008 and March,2012,the police registered five FIRs in Jhajjar and 55 in Kurukshetra against lodging of 46 and 60 complaints respectively by the concerned District Town Planners. “The Director General,TCP department intimated that there was not a single case where police officers had exercised their powers under Section 11-B of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act,” it said.

“There was haphazard development of unauthorised colonies… sale deeds of land were registered,water supply and electricity connections released without obtaining NoC from TCP Department or MCs,” the report states.

A random check by the auditors revealed that four MCs and one Block Development and Panchayat officer incurred an expenditure of Rs 5.95 crore on construction of brick street and providing drainage system in unauthorised colonies. Similarly,the Punjab Health and Engineering Department provided water supply connections to such unauthorised colonies.

The CAG also indicted electricity supplying companies in the state for giving legal domestic electricity connections to people living in unauthorised colonies. In fact,in its report,the Director General,TCP Department submitted to the CAG that “electricity companies had acted as catalyst to the growth of such unauthorised colonies”.

Quoting an old incident wherein Haryana government’s Urban Local Bodies department had regularised 1,054 unauthorised colonies without any outer boundary or demarcation of specific land,CAG also questioned the concerned officials that if any demolition was carried later to remove unauthorised structures. In its reply,the TCP department revealed that during 2008-12,the department incurred an expenditure of around Rs. 1.03 crores on demolition drives,out of which merely Rs 3 lakh was recovered from the violators.

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