CAG pulls up Central Railways over recoveries

Sushant Ranjan
Sunday, 22 July 2018

Way Leave charge is the sum charged by Indian Railways for allowing occasional or limited use of its land by a party for a specified purpose

Pune: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India has pulled up Central Railways for failing to recover revenue of Rs 6.55 crore from 497 private parties for providing ‘Way Leave’ facilities by Railways. This includes Rs 3.06 crore from 63 parties  in Pune division. The report for year ending March 2017 was tabled in Parliament on Friday.

Way Leave charge is the sum charged by Indian Railways for allowing occasional or limited use of its land by a party for a specified purpose like passage, access to private houses and establishments, underground pipelines for water supply and sewerage, electrical and telecommunications lines without conferring upon the party any right of possession or occupation of the land and without in any way affecting the Railway’s title, possession, control and use of the land. As per the report, Pune division failed to realise ‘way leave charges’ from 2011 till end of the financial year 2016-17.

“In Pune division, though way leave charges were recovered from all 63 parties for the facilities provided to them for first 10 years period from 2001 to 2010. For the next 10 years i.e. from 2011 onwards, bills for way leave charges were not preferred by the railway division, resulting in non-recovery of way leave charges to the tune of Rs 3.06 crore from 63 parties/firms,” reads the report.

Although the reported loss of revenue is highest in Pune division, other division in Central Railway too contributed to non-realisation of the revenue.

“In Mumbai and Bhusawal divisions, an amount of Rs 95.58 lakh and Rs 82 lakh was outstanding as on March 31 2017 towards way leave charges against 408 parties/firms which was yet to be realized. In Nagpur Division, an amount of Rs 2.53 crore was outstanding against 26 parties/firms,” said the report. 

When contacted, Manoj Jhawar, spokesperson for Pune Division said that since the inspection was carried out the administration has managed to recover 25 per cent of the pending amount (Rs 3.06 crore).

“The concerned department has informed that since April 2017, we have recovered 25 per cent of pending way leave charges,”said Jhawar.

The main reason behind move
- ‘Way leave charge’ is the sum charged by Indian Railways for allowing occasional or limited use of its land by a party for a specified purpose 
- As per report, Pune Division failed to realise ‘way leave charges’ from 2011 till end of the financial year 2016-17. 

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