Almost 42 per cent of government-run infrastructure projects of over Rs 150 crore are running behind schedule,minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Srikant Kumar Jena said in the Parliament today.
“As on February 1,2012,out of 555 central sector projects costing Rs 150 crore and above,on the monitor of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation,233 projects were delayed with respect to their original date of completion,” he informed Rajya Sabha in a written reply.
Road Transport and Highways has the maximum number of projects running behind schedule at 78,followed by Power (47),Petroleum (31),Railways (27) and Coal (17),he said.
However,to speed-up the delayed projects,his Ministry has requested each state government to constitute a central sector projects co-ordination committee (CSPCC) under chairmanship of chief secretary,Jena said.
“Twelve states have so far constituted the CSPCC,and four states have already held the meetings to resolve issues. Besides this,periodic sector wise review meetings are also taken at ministry level,” he added.
Land acquisition,right to usage,right of way,utility shifting,rehabilitation issues,law and order are the main factors that cause delay in project completion,Jena further said.