CAG orders audit on flood control in city

‘Waterlogging after recent spell of rain the main reason behind audit’

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: July 24, 2013 2:57:25 am

With the national capital besieged by traffic jams and heavy waterlogging this monsoon,Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Sashi Kant Sharma on Tuesday ordered an audit of Delhi’s flood control mechanisms and the drainage system. The audit has been ordered on a priority basis and will cover the period ending March 2013.

Senior officials in the CAG said the decision was taken after the recent spell of heavy rain. “The recent heavy rain which caused serious traffic jams besides flooding of residential areas and airport is the prime reason behind the audit,” a senior CAG official said. He added that the audit would look into different schemes implemented by the Delhi government for flood control and drainage management.

Sources in the CAG also said auditors would seek information on the internal control framework in the government to deal with situations arising from rains. “The CAG will look into the Delhi government’s survey to identify vulnerable areas and corrective action taken to deal with the situation,” a CAG official said.

The CAG audit will also include the working of response mechanisms in the government to meet unforeseen situations after floods and waterlogging. According to CAG officials,the audit will look into the mechanism to coordinate the working of various departments,such as municipal bodies,Flood Control department,Public Works department and the Delhi Jal Board.

The CAG is also expected to report on the standard operating procedure adopted by the government and the system of considering the meteorological department warning and preparedness of the city to face situations. It will also look into the system of alerting the public about the same.

Heavy rain in the city over the last week caused traffic snarls in at least 93 spots,while waterlogging was reported in several residential colonies. Incidentally,when asked about the situation,Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had suggested a ‘prayer’ to solve waterlogging and traffic problems.

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