New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting on 25th august on Delayed infrastructure projects. The Prime Minister demanded a list of such infrastructure projects that were delayed due to various high court orders and the National Green Tribunal (NGT). Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been provided additional charge for the same to cooperate with Four ministries that are indulged in these infrastructure projects.
“Ministries of Forest and Climate Change, Environment, Railways and Road Transport & Highways in consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice should identify and prepare decisions of Hon’ble Courts, NGT, etc. related to land acquisition, forest or other clearances, etc. which are causing a delay in infrastructure projects.” The official minutes of the meeting said.
“Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba will monitor such exercises. A list of delayed projects due to such court decisions and orders, including loss incurred to the exchequer may also be prepared and compiled by the Cabinet Secretary,” The presser stressed.
According to an estimated report by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. 483 infrastructure projects of Rs 150 crore or more suffer from cost overruns and 504 from delays by Orders. “Total original cost for implementation of the 1,781 projects was Rs 22 lakh crore and their anticipated completion cost is likely to be Rs 27 lakh crore, which reflects overall cost has overrun with an increase of more than 19%.” according to the Ministry’s July report.
PM was said to be upset about the delay in the prestigious Western Dedicated Freight Corridor project after which PM ordered a list of every such project delayed. According to PMO, Refunds and aid will be provided to chequers.