New Delhi: The Comptroller and Auditor General has reprimanded the Navy for its lax attitude towards the warship-building programme, which could reduce its fleet strength.

The CAG said that cost of the programme has increased from Rs 5,800 crore to Rs 19,700 crore owing to poor estimation and the manufacturing of the ships wouldn’t be completed in near future. It raised several questions on the estimation of the project 15A, 17, and 28 for construction of corvettes, frigates, destroyer ships.

Issuing a report, CAG chief Rekha Gupta said that even after five years of the estimated time, the Navy couldn’t meet the requirements of warships which could reduced the fleet strength by 61 per cent in 2012.

The CAG even questioned the allocation of budget for Navy which was 55 per cent of the total budget of defence between 2005 and 2009. It said that till date, only one P-17 ship has been commissioned. As a result, the Navy will continue with a reduced fleet strength.

The CAG also pulled up the Mazagon Dockyards for including ‘inadmissible items’ in the final contract for the Project-15A warships, which led to a delay in the commencement of the programme.

The report also questioned the tenders given to foreign companies dealing with DVD player, sim card, and cordless phone in the P28 project.

Meanwhile, CAG also warned the Navy for delay in its ongoing indigenous aircraft carrier project.


JPN/ Bureau