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CAG pulls up Delhi Development Authority

The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has been pulled up by the CAG for its "lackadaisical approach" in imposing damage charges against unauthorised occupants on its land.



New Delhi: The Delhi Development Authority (DDA)
has been pulled up by the CAG for its "lackadaisical approach"
in imposing damage charges against unauthorised occupants on
its land.

In the audit, CAG found out that in March 2006, the
outstanding damage charges were Rs 17.97 crores which in
March 2010 jumped to Rs 32.43 crores.
The CAG report states that this 80 percent jump in
unrecovered charges over a period of five years was abnormal
"and establishes the casual approach of the department in
recovering Government money".

The CAG report pointed another instance where DDA had
not been able to recover several crores that individuals owed
to it despite favourable Court orders.

The CAG report said that during the acquisition of land
in a village Pooth Kalan, the High Court fixed the land
acquisition rate at Rs 30,000 per bigha.

After aquiring the land at this price the DDA
approached Supreme Court for a reduction in the land price.
The Supreme Court brought the price down to Rs 18,500 per
bigha.
The CAG report noted that the Supreme Court order came
out in 2004 but the DDA in March 2010 had been unable to
recover the Rs 25.69 crore which the farmers owed it.

The CAG report also came down heavily on the DDA for its
inability to complete projects due to land aquisition hurdles.

The report mentions a specific instance where land
measuring 850.10 acres was acquired by Land and Development
Office for construction of 100 meters road under Master Plan
Delhi-2021.

The report mentioned that only 52.58 acres were handed
over to the DDA while the balance 797. 52 acres were not given
till January 2011.

The CAG report mentioned that the DDA had paid a
compensation of Rs 84.98 crores which was essentially blocked
since in actuality DDA possessed only a fraction of land on
which the road was to be constructed.

PTI

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