CAG slams Civil Aviation Security bureau for project delay

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 21:42

New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor
General (CAG) has slammed the Bureau of Civil Aviation
Security for not starting work on two vital aviation security
projects, even after up to 13 years of being approved.

The CAG expressed disappointment over the fact that such
delays exist even though there are terror threats to the
country.

The apex auditing body, in a report tabled in Parliament,
also criticised the Planning Commission for not monitoring the
status of the projects effectively. It has also asked the
Civil Aviation Ministry to set up a `definite timeline` for
completion of the projects.

Work on the Civil Aviation Security Training Academy
(CASTA) and construction of an office building for the
Regional Deputy Commissioner of Security (RDCOS) at Mumbai has
not commenced yet, the CAG said.

While CASTA was approved 13 years ago, the government had
given its nod for RDCOS six years back, it added.

In its audit report for 2010-11, the CAG said, "These
cases highlight the apathetic attitude of the authorities
towards strengthening civil aviation security in the country
despite the increasing menace of global terrorism and repeated
terrorist attacks in India and elsewhere."

Criticising the Planning Commission and other agencies,
the apex auditor of the country said, "This case also
highlights that neither the Planning Commission nor any other
agency is effectively monitoring timely execution of projects
relating to civil aviation security."

The establishment of CASTA was recommended by an
inter-ministerial group in 1993, in the wake of hijackings of
four Indian Airlines flights.

Subsequently, the Planning Commission approved the
project in December 1996 with an allocation of Rs 16.87 crore
during the 9th Five Year Plan, which was enhanced to Rs 25
crore in the 10th Plan. The Airports Authority of India (AAI)
was paid Rs 2.65 crore in advance towards consultancy charges
and preliminary activities in 2003.

However, it is yet to take off as the site for the
proposed academy has not been finalised so far, the CAG noted.

The CAG has recommended that "given the importance of
this project in strengthening civil aviation security in the
country, the (Civil Aviation) Ministry must set a definite
timeline, within which the academy would be set up."

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 - 21:42

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