Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Schemes for Flood Control and Flood Forecasting

Evaluation and Lessons Learned
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Executive Summary

Flood is one of the natural calamities that India faces almost every year in varying degree of magnitude. The frequent occurrence of flood can be attributed to various factors, including wide variation in rainfall over time and space and inadequate carrying capacity of rivers. As per Working Group on Flood Control Management Programme for the XI Five Year Plan (2007-2012), the total flood prone area worked out to 45.64 million hectare (m ha).

Government of India has set up various Committees for management of flood like Rashtriya Barh Ayog (राय बाढ़ आयोग), Task Force 2004 and Working Group on Water Resources for XI Plan. Government has also framed National Water Policy 2002 and 2012 to govern the planning and development of water resources and their optimum utilization. The reports of the above committees/policies gave certain recommendations for management of flood in time bound manner. To achieve the above recommendations, schemes for flood control viz. Flood Management Programme, Flood Forecasting, River Management Activities and Works related to Border Areas and Emergency Action Plan for Dam were implemented.

The Performance Audit on “Schemes for Flood Control and Flood Forecasting” examined whether schemes for flood control and flood forecasting were efficient and effective; and whether the review and oversight mechanisms were effective.

We sampled 206 Flood Management Programme projects, 38 flood forecasting stations, 49 River Management Activities and works related to Border Area projects and 68 large Dams, in 17 selected States/UT during 2007-08 to 2015-16.