Mubarak Mandi-INTACH paid 33 lakh for preparing Incomplete DPRs: CAG

INTACH paid 33 lakh for preparing Incomplete DPRs: CAG

The latest report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India ended March 31, 2013 has revealed that the detailed project report prepared by Indian National Trust for Art and culture Heritage (INTACH) was rejected by the technical advisory committee on the ground that these were incomplete to the extent that no detailed drawings, estimates and other engineering details had been provided in the report.

In December 2007 an MOU for preparation of DPR for restoration of Mubarak Mandi Heritage complex and is adaptive re-use as Tourism destination cum-socio culture Heritage centre was executed with INTACH and an amount of Rs 33 lakh was paid during December 2007 to March 2011.

In June 2009 INTACH submitted the DPRs which were rejected by the technical committee.

According to the CAG report despite rejection further payment of Rs 4.50 lakh was made by the society and no action was taken against INTACH for submission of incomplete DPRs despite making huge payments.

The CAG has also revealed  a project for restoration of Public service commission/ High Court building of Mubarak Mandi Heritage Complex was sanctioned in August 2006 for 4.37 crore and the first installment of 3 crore was released.

Since the restoration of said buildings was entrusted to ASI an amount of Rs 3.52 crore were released to ASI between June 2008 to December 2010. The estimates submitted by ASI were limited to floors and walls only and the wooden ceilings were not included therein.

The ASI executed the work of walls and floors at a cost of Rs 3.47 crore and incomplete buildings were taken over January 2012 by the Mubarak Mandi heritage society which could not be put to adaptive re-use as convention/conference centre. Thus failure of the society in evaluating the estimates and taking over the incomplete buildings resulted in unfruitful expenditure of 3.47 crore.

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