Audit finds irregularities in GCDA cage fish farming project
Kochi: The state audit department’s report alleges huge corruption in the implementation of the cage fish farming project by the Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA). Barramundi or the Asian Sea Bass is grown here.
The audit report observed that the cage fish farming project at Mundamveli worth more than six crore was implemented outside the budget. It was effectuated at the expensive farm land, digging up the area procured for the Rameshwaram development project worth five crores.
It was implemented without any feasibility study and environment clearance, it is alleged.
The sludge was deposited at the Mangrove forest areas illegally. Also the project did not adhere to the government sanction and the wetland regulatory authority sanction.
More than Rs 3.19 crore was spend for the project in 2015-16 alone. Irregularities are also reported in the purchase of technical equipment, fish food and the fishlings as the promised number was not brought.
GCDA chairman CN Mohanan said further actions to be taken are not decided yet. The income obtained by the authority from the fish farming is under calculation.