CAG finds glaring loopholes, irregularities in SSNNL
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 00:33
Gandhinagar: Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNNL) implementing the ambitious Narmada project in the state has diverted irrigation funds worth Rs 1833 crore for some other work which delayed creation of irrigation potential in the Narmada project canal command area, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report tabled in the state assembly today.

The report, has found glaring irregularities and loopholes in the accounts of the SSNNL.

"The project cost increased substantially from Rs 6406.04 crore at 1986-87 prices to Rs 35,045.75 crore at 2005-06 prices," CAG has observed in the report.

The report added: "The company diverted accelerated irrigation benefit programme (AIBP) funds worth Rs 1833.12 crore meant for development of the main canal and distribution network to other areas of the project which led to delay in creation of irrigation potential."

"The completed length of the canal system was only 18803 km against the envisaged length of 90,389 km," noted the audit authority, adding, "Out of the total envisaged canal command area (CCA) of 18.29 lakh hectare, the company has so far developed CCA of 3.41 lakh hectare of which the utilised CCA remained at 1.2 lakh hectare only."

Moreover, the SSNNL created irrigation potential in the already water fed areas while it ignored the water scarce zones like Saurashtra and Kutch, observed the CAG.


First Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010, 00:33

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