As many as 302 infrastructure projects worth Rs 1.5 billion and above are delayed with a total cost overrun of Rs 1.45 trillion as on November 1, 2017, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
"As on November 1, 2017, a total of 1,283 projects (worth Rs 1.5 billion and above) are being monitored by this ministry. Of these, 302 are running behind their schedule. The cost over-run of these 302 delay projects is Rs 1.4 trillion," Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation Vijay Goel said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
The government in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation monitors on-going central sector infrastructure projects costing Rs 1.5 billion and above on time and cost over-runs on the basis of information provided by the project implementing agencies.
The minister told the House that a standing committee in each ministry has been set up for fixation of responsibility for time and cost over-runs.
However, he said it has been observed that due to environmental clearances, statutory clearances, land acquisition, fund constrains, security clearances etc, fixing of responsibility on any officers becomes difficult.
The major steps undertaken to ensure completion of central sector infrastructure projects without the time and cost over-runs include: rigorous project appraisal, OCMS for better monitoring and setting up of revised cost committees in the ministries for fixation of responsibility for time and cost over-runs.
Among other measures are: regular review of infrastructure projects by the concerned administrative ministries, and setting up of Central Sector Projects Coordination Committees (CSPCCs) in the states under the chief secretaries.