In spite of incurring an expenditure of Rs 37.82 lakh on the installation of Water Harvesting Systems (WHS)/Water Treatment Plants (WTP), seven Delhi Government hospitals/institutions failed to avail rebate of 15 per cent on their water bills, resulting in excess payment of Rs 2.76 crores to the Delhi Jal Board.
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) decided in December 2009 to allow a rebate of 15 per cent on water bills with effect from January 2010 to Government Institutions/Offices if they adopt a water harvesting system and/or recycling of wastewater. The Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, GNCTD, endorsed these orders of DJB to all Medical Superintendents of government hospitals in March 2010, with directions to take advantage of 15 per cent rebate by establishing a water harvesting system and recycling of wastewater.
The audit had earlier pointed out in Paragraph 3.3 of the Comptroller & Auditor General’s Audit Report on GNCTD, for the year ended March 2013 (Audit Report No. 2 of 2014), that seven government hospitals failed to avail benefit of 15 per cent rebate on their water bills and paid excess amount of Rs 7.28 crore, in spite of having installed water harvesting and/or recycling of wastewater systems in their premises. Nevertheless, the Audit observed that the
The government did not initiate corrective measures to ensure that hospitals take up the matter with DJB and get the available rebate on their water bills.
Audit scrutiny of records showed that inspite of incurring an expenditure of Rs 37.82 lakh on the installation of water harvesting and/or recycling of waste water treatment plants, seven government hospitals/institutes9 failed to avail the benefit of a rebate of Rs 2.76 crore on their water bills during the period January 2010 to August 2015.