BENGALURU: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has slammed the implementation of the National Rural Drinking Water Project in the state, saying that the programme is full of shortcomings.
The project aims to provide adequate safe water for drinking, cooking and other domestic needs.
The report on local bodies which was tabled in the Assembly on Wednesday, studied the project’s implementation for the period 2012-13 to 2015-16.
The report said that only 14 per cent of the rural population had been supplied with 55 litres of safe drinking water a day, when the goal for the time period was 50 per cent. The report observed up to 10 months of delays for even submitting the action plan to the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation. In other instances, projects remained incomplete due to lack of availability of land and non sustainability of drinking water source.
In Haveri district, five villages did not have any drinking water as the tank constructed for water storage had sewage water flowing into it, rendering Rs 3.07 crore spent on it wasteful. A total of Rs 14.45 crore expenditure incurred in 28 villages in Raichur and Dakshina Kannada districts was also rendered useless as the projects were never completed. Rainwater harvesting was not given due priority,” the report stated.