Report No. 24 Part 2 of 2015 - Compliance Audit on Union Government, Railways

Date on which Report Tabled:
Tue 08 Dec, 2015
Date of sending the report to Government
Government Type
Union Department


The Audit Report for the year ending March 2014 is divided into two volumes viz., Volume I and Volume II. Volume I of the Report comprise five chapters containing audit findings related to three departments viz., Traffic – Commercial and Operation; Electrical – Signalling and Telecommunication units; Mechanical – Zonal Headquarters/ Workshops/ Production Units; and Public Sector Undertakings of Indian Railways including the chapter on Introduction. Volume II of the Report contains audit findings related to Engineering department of Indian Railways.

The Engineering department of Indian Railways is responsible for maintenance of all fixed assets of Indian Railways such as Tracks, Bridges, Buildings, Roads, Water supply, in addition to construction of new assets such as new lines, gauge conversion, doubling and other expansion and developmental works. Major policy decisions of the Engineering Department are taken by the Railway Board under supervision of Member Engineering who is assisted by Additional Member (Civil Engineering) and Additional Member (Works) and Advisor (Land & Amenities).

At Zonal level, the Engineering Department is headed by Principal Chief Engineer (PCE) under General Manager of the concerned Zonal Railway. The PCE is assisted by various chief engineers for track, bridge, planning, track machines, general matters etc. In addition, each Zonal Railway has a construction organization headed by a Chief Administrative Officer, Construction who is responsible for major construction works including survey works within concerned Zone.

The total expenditure of the Civil Engineering Department during the year 2013-14 was ` 17665.74 crore. During the year, apart from regular audit of vouchers and tenders, 1313 offices of Engineering department including Construction Organization of the Railways were inspected by Audit. This Report contains the audit findings of significant nature detected during audit in Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) of the Union Government and its field offices for the year ended 31 March 2014. It includes four reviews conducted across Indian Railways and nine paragraphs pertaining to individual zones.

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