This Report contains one performance audit on Prevention and Control of Dengue in the National Capital Territory of Delhi with financial implication of ` 53.69 crore and two paragraphs involving ` 83.28 crore.
Some of the major findings detailed in the Report are summarized below:
Prevention and Control of Dengue in National Capital Territory of Delhi
Despite recurrence of dengue over the years in the NCT of Delhi, the steps taken by the departments as well as the municipal corporations were not commensurate with the magnitude of the problem though funds were not a constraint. The three municipal corporations (MCsD) of East, North and South as well as New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) lacked an effective surveillance mechanism and institutional arrangement to respond to outbreaks of dengue was weak. 67,578 positive dengue cases (January 2013 to December 2015) and 409 dengue deaths (during 2015) were reported by hospitals, of which Death Review Committee confirmed only 60 deaths. Effectiveness of the anti-mosquito operations was undermined due to absence of adequate monitoring of spraying and fogging exercises coupled with lack of standard procedures for selection of suitable insecticides and techniques.
Re-development of Rajiv Gandhi Chowk
The over-arching objective of the project to re-develop Rajiv Gandhi Chowk was to restore the architectural and heritage character of CP while at the same time facilitating and easing traffic and pedestrian movement to improve the overall ambience and experience of the visitors to this premier commercial centre in the national capital. This objective could not be achieved as the scope of the project as envisaged in the Detailed Project Report was drastically reduced from ` 615.20 crore to ` 477.02 crore, restoration of the façade was completed only in the outer and inner circles, facilities like subways, escalators, underground parking space and improvement of landscaping and lighting intended to ease both traffic and pedestrian movement and improve visitors’ experience were not completed.
Advertisement and Publicity Campaigns of the Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi
GNCTD incurred an expenditure of ` 24.29 crore on advertisements and publicity campaigns that were not in conformity with the generally accepted principles of financial propriety or the guidelines on content regulation approved by the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Further, over 85 per cent of expenditure of ` 33.40 crore incurred in one specific publicity campaign pertained to advertisements released outside the NCT of Delhi which was beyond the responsibility of the GNCTD.