Report No.10 of 2017 - Performance audit Union Government Schemes for Flood Control and Flood Forecasting Reports of Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation

Overview

The Performance Audit on “Schemes for Flood Control and Flood Forecasting” examined whether schemes for flood control and flood forecasting were efficient and effective; and whether the review and oversight mechanisms were effective.

We sampled 206 Flood Management Programme projects, 38 flood forecasting stations, 49 River Management Activities and works related to Border Area projects and 68 large Dams, in 17 selected States/UT during 2007-08 to 2015-16.

The Performance Audit showed that there were long delays in approval of Detailed Project Reports leading to technical designs becoming irrelevant at the time of actual funding. Flood management works were not taken up in an integrated manner covering entire river/tributary or a major segment of rivers/tributaries. There were delays in completion of the projects under Flood Management Programme. A large number of the telemetry stations installed during the XI plan remained non-functional, as such real time data for most of the period was not available.  There were also huge delays in completion of all the projects under River Management Activities and Works related to Border Areas.Emergency Action Plans had been prepared for only a few large dams.Key recommendations of RashtriyaBarhAyog such as scientific assessment of flood prone areas and enactment of Flood Plain Zoning Act have not materialised. Performance and concurrent evaluation was not done as per scheme guidelines.

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