CAG slams Delhi transport wing for financial lapses

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Tuesday came down heavy on the Delhi transport department for financial impropriety and failing to implement schemes properly.

The government auditor's report was presented in the Delhi assembly.

"The department implemented the corporatisation of private stage carriage buses (cluster buses scheme) without a well laid out plan and concurrence of the finance department or the legislature," said the CAG in its annual report.

The auditor pointed to impropriety in the award for work for fitness certificates of vehicles to a firm, saying documents issued by it were "potentially unreliable".

The auditor said the department had awarded bus rapid transit corridor work to company Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System (DIMTS) Ltd at a higher rate than that of the Public Works Department.

The CAG noted the Delhi Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (DTIDC) was also functioning improperly, even after two years of its creation and had failed to implementing the schemes properly.

"Functional overlaps with the transport department as well as involvement of the DIMTS were unwarranted in light of creation of a specialised corporation," the CAG said.