Comptroller and Auditor General of India pulls up MCG for not utilizing waste management funds

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GURGAON: The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has slammed the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) for not utilizing the Rs 3.32-crore grant provided by the Haryana government and the 12th finance commission for 2003-2010 for solid waste management. The CAG has also blamed the municipal corporation for deteriorating the sanitation condition in the city and the Bandhwari plant.

According to the report, the MCG was to spend this amount to improve sanitation in the city and was supposed to return the unspent amount. However, it is mentioned that the civic body neither spent the amount nor returned the unspent amount.

“An amount of Rs 3.32 crore grant was provided to the MCG for solid waste management by the state government and the 12th finance commission during 2003-2010. As per conditions for the grant, the amount was to be utilized within one year from the date of withdrawal. The unspent amount was to be deposited by the MCG in the government treasury. The amount was neither spent nor deposited in the government treasury,” the report says.

“The solid waste treatment plant at Bandhwari was constructed by the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad and 168 containers were provided by the MCG for garbage collection. During physical verification, it was observed by the auditor that garbage was lying scattered and overflowing around garbage containers which were placed by MCG in the town indicating that garbage was not collected regularly thereby exposing the public and stray animals to health hazards,” the report adds.

The report also carries pictures of garbage lying around across the city. The report states that in their defence, the MCG authorities in January 2013 had claimed that the amount had been spent on solid waste management in respective years of grant received and scattered garbage shown in photographs was due to volume of garbage dumped by people after its collection by the MCG. The report has also recommended that the MCG should finalize a waste management plan on a priority basis for ensuring a pollution-free environment.


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