CAG slams development fee, concessional land to Delhi airport
CAG today said the Civil Aviation Ministry violated the bid conditions for the benefit of GMR-led DIAL to the tune of over Rs 3,415 crore and pressed fixing responsibility.
Slamming the levy of development fee on passengers using Delhi Airport, the CAG today said the Civil Aviation Ministry violated the bid conditions for the benefit of GMR-led DIAL to the tune of over Rs 3,415 crore and pressed fixing responsibility.
CAG in its audit report on Indira Gandhi International Airport that was tabled in Parliament, said DIAL can potentially earn Rs 1,63,557 crore over a 60-year period from the land given to it on a lease of Rs 100 per annum.
Allowing DIAL to levy Development Fee vitiated the sanctity of bidding process and led to undue benefit of Rs 3,415.35 crore to the private firm, it said.
GMR Infrastructure holds 54 percent stake in Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL).
"It was noticed that Ministry of Civil Aviation and Airport Authority of India, on some occasions, violated the provisions of the transaction documents in the interest of the
concessionaire," the official auditor said.
CAG said contrary to provision of the airport concession agreement, DIAL was allowed to use the amount collected as Development Fees to meet the project costs. "In face, only 19 percent of the project cost came from equity, approximately 42 per cent came from debt. The remaining project costs were met from security deposits and Development Fees".
"Whenever DIAL raised an issue regarding revenue to accrue to it or expenditure to be debited to government in contravention to the provisions of Operation Management Development Agreement (OMDA), the Ministry and AAI interpreted the provisions always in favour of the operators and against the interest of the government," it said.
The auditor's report says that 57 coal fields were allocated - instead of being auctioned - to 100 private companies and that allotment of blocks was opaque, "subjective" and allowed the companies to benefit to the tune of nearly Rs 1.85 lakh crore.
CAG said the company unduly benefited from a government decision allowing the power producer to use surplus coal from its captive block for another project it was not meant for.