The road transport and highways sector have the highest number of delayed projects, their departments have the most delays.
According to the report prepared on infrastructure projects, 835 projects are running behind their original schedule. Nitin Gadkari's road transport and highways sector have the highest number of delayed projects at 262. After this, 115 projects of Ashwini Vaishnav railways and 89 projects of Hardeep Puri petroleum sector are running with delay.
IPMD monitors many projects
The Infrastructure and Project Monitoring Division (IPMD) oversees the central sector projects costing Rs 150 crore or more. IPMD monitors these on the basis of information provided by the project implementing agencies on the Online Computerized Monitoring System (OCMS). IPMD comes under the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.
These projects are running most of the time
The report reveals that the Munirabad-Mahabubnagar rail project is the most delayed project. It is running late by 276 months. The second most delayed project is the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail project. The project is 247 months behind its schedule. The third delayed project is the Belapur-Seawood-Urban electrified dual line, with a delay of 228 months.
Road transport and highways sector projects cost up by 6.5 percent
The report states that the total original cost of implementation of 835 projects in the road transport and highways sector (when sanctioned) was Rs 4,94,300.45 crore. It is now estimated to increase to Rs 5,26,481.88 crore. In this way, the cost of projects in the road transport and highways sector has increased by 6.5 percent. The expenditure on these projects till September 2022 was Rs 3,21,980.33 crore, which is 61.2 percent of the estimated cost.
Increase in cost of many projects
According to the report, the total original cost of implementation of 173 projects of the Railways was Rs 3,72,761.45 crore, but now it is estimated to increase to Rs 6,23,008.98 crore. Similarly, the total original cost of implementation of 140 projects in the petroleum sector was Rs 3,64,330.55 crore, but it has increased to Rs 3,84,102.18 crore.