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CAG flays the Kerala Ports department for irregularities in installation of solar power system in Ports

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has flayed the Kerala port department for irregularities in the installation of a solar power system and a host of purchases made at the Directorate of Ports and observed that the director had misled the government through misrepresentation of facts.

The report on the economic sector for 2016, tabled in the state Assembly on august 8, says that nine out of the 11 solar systems installed at port offices spending Rs 82 lakh, were not functioning.

The  granted sanction for renovating the Kodungalloor signal station at a cost of Rs 56.21 lakh to address space constraints in the port and flooding during high tide there.

The director of the Ports department diverted the sanctioned funds to construct a conference hall on the same premises without securing government sanction. He obtained a revised administrative sanction saying that the funds were used for renovating the signal station. “Thus, the director misled the government through misrepresentation of facts and executed an unauthorised work diverting the fund sanctioned for another work,” the report says.

Construction of the office building for the directorate at Valiyathura for Rs.93 crore here has also drawn flak of the CAG. The CAG said it found that the building was constructed within 30 metres of the High Tide Line on the seashore and subjected to heavy winds and saline atmosphere.

This is in clear violation of the Public Works Department Manual which states that the site selected for a building should be most advantageous for the intended purpose, have a suitable neighbourhood and should not be exposed to heavy winds without protection. All such norms have been ignored, the report said.

Procurement of steel furniture, computer and other electronic equipment for the directorate too has been found to be made in violation of the provisions of the Kerala Financial Code.

Liquidated damages to the tune of Rs 47 lakh owing to the delay in commissioning the container handling crane procured for the Kollam port was not levied from the supplier.

The report has also cited irregularities in the regulation of houseboats and allotment and utilisation of industrial plots too during the audit period.


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