CAG raps DDA for lack of quality assurance

CAG raps DDA for lack of quality assurance

New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has come under severe criticism from Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for lack of quality assurance in the houses built by it besides extending undue benefit of Rs10.71 crore to contractors.

The CAG said there were ‘inordinate delays’ in disposal of constructed houses to public. Besides, houses were alloted to people without ensuring basic amenities.

The DDA did not prepare budget estimates on realistic basis and that the autonomous body under the Ministry of Urban Development incurred expenditure in excess of administrative approval and expenditure sanction, it said.

The CAG said that the delay in completion of works led to payment of price escalation charges during the extension period which amounted to Rs6.83 crore.

Interestingly, the financial watchdog said, “The DDA routinely included normally inadmissible clause of 10 CC in the lumsum contracts resulting in undue benefit of Rs10.71 crore to the contractors."

It said that there was no practice in DDA to obtain required certificate from the architect to ensure that the work was executed as per approved drawings and designs.

It said, as per provisions of the manual, the architect of the work should certify on completion of a particular building that it has been constructed according to approved design and specifications.

It further added, it was, however, observed that out of the 30 housings’ works test checked in performance audit, no certificate was obtained in respect of 12 works involving construction of 6,417 houses from the architect. DDA did not furnish information in respect of the 18 works.

The DDA stated that no such practice was being followed by them.