Panel finds violation of standards in the execution of Smart City projects
Members of the Tamil Nadu Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee, who inspected various ongoing projects in the coastal city under the “Smart City” scheme, said the procedural lapses and violation of standards in the Implementation of Smart City projects had resulted in loss of revenue for the government.
The committee, headed by Sriperrumpudur MLA K. Selvaperunthagai, inspected the intensive care unit of Thoothukudi Medical College Hospital, the reconstruction of the old bus station, the bio-fertilizer manufacturing unit on the Ettaiyapuram highway and the fishing port of Thoothukudi and held a review meeting at the Collectorate.
Later, Mr. Selvaperunthagai told reporters that the inspection, conducted on the basis of the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of the Centre, revealed that the reconstruction of the old Thoothukudi bus stand under the Smart City project funded by the Center and the State had started even before the depot was officially acquired from the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation for its expansion. Therefore, the construction, which should have been completed a year ago, continued to cause losses for the government.
In some of the Smart City projects running at Coimbatore Corporation, construction had started even as litigation was pending in the courts.
“Similar procedural failures and violation of standards in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015 in the implementation of the projects under the state government development works and later Smart City projects resulted in losses for fisheries, trade taxes, transportation, agriculture, government health care, local government services.
The CAG reported the losses caused to the public treasury by these administrative shortcomings and the violation of standards. After completing the investigation, the Public Accounts Committee will submit its report and recommend to the government what action should be taken against the offending officials,” Ms. Selvaperunthagai said.
Collector K. Senthil Raj, committee members MH Jawahirullah, S. Gandhirajan, M. Sinthanai Selvan, Y. Prakash, E. Raja and T. Velmurugan, Srivaikundam MLA Oorvasi S. Amirtharaj participated in the inspection and review meeting.