Compliance Performance
Punjab

Report No. -3 of 2014 Government of Punjab - Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Social, General and Economic Sectors (Non- Public Sector Undertakings)

Date on which Report Tabled:
Tue 22 Jul, 2014
Date of sending the report to Government
Government Type
State
Sector Social Welfare,Social Infrastructure

Overview

This Report contains four performance audits on Water pollution in Punjab, Implementation of Indira Awaas Yojana, Remodelling/Construction of distributaries and minors and Working of Co-operation Department; and 16 paragraphs relating to time and cost overrun, avoidable expenditure, irregular retention and utilization of binds, etc. involving money value of RS 106.79 crore. A performance audit of 'Water pollution in Punjab' was conducted.

Punjab Pollution Control Board had neither formulated environmental standards based on local considerations nor prepared any comprehensive programme for the prevention, control or abatement of water pollution. Deficient execution of Sutlej Action Plan led not only to putting avoidable burden of cost escalation of RS 86.46 crore on State exchequer but also delayed accrual of the intended benefits of the project. The work of installation of Common Effluent Treatment Plant identified for cleaning of Budha Nallah was not executed due to non-provision of funds by Punjab Dyers Association leading to discharge of untreated industrial effluents affecting the quality of water of river Sutlej.

Due to non-segregation of industrial effluents and dairy wastes from domestic sewage in Ludhiana, Sewage Treatment Plants installed at a cost of RS 57.23 crore under Sutlej Action Plan were not treating sewage as per the prescribed standards. The resource recovery of RS 1.78 crore per annum from biogas, treated water and sludge from Sewage Treatment Plants installed in Ludhiana was not made as projected in the DPRs under Sutlej Action Plan. Quality of water of river Sutlej did not improve even after implementation of Sutlej Action Plan and degraded to Class ‘D’1 at the confluence point of BudhaNaUah with the Sutlej despite installation of five (three under Sutlej Action Plan and two under Jawahar Lai Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission) Sewage Treatment Plants in Ludhiana.

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