More than 3,000 km of highway projects awarded about two years back under the public private partnership (PPP) mode are yet to take off. Both government and private parties are to blame for this mess. The reason for this delay can be attributed to government bodies for delay in taking policy decisions, banks who have become more stringent while sanctioning loans and are asking for 100% land availability as a pre-condition, dip in economic growth leading to decrease in traffic flow.
Reliance Industries (RIL) has blamed the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) for the delay in developing gas blocks in KG-D6 in Andhra Pradesh. DGH has asked RIL to give up 6,601 sq km out of the total 7,645 sq km area in the block on the grounds that the time line to develop the fields had expired.
In Delhi, local people have launched a protest condemning the undue delay of 15 years in executing the Rani Jhansi Flyover Grade Separator. Not even a half of the flyover project is completed yet. The flyover idea was mooted in 1998, but construction began only in November 2008.
Minister of State (Independent) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Srikant Kumar Jena informed Lok Sabha that the ministry monitors 569 central sector projects costing Rs 150 crore and above. He further informed that of these 569 projects, 277 are running behind schedule as on June 1, 2013. These projects are delayed because of law and order problems, delay in land acquisitions, rehabilitation and
A large number of National Highway Projects have been stucked due to land acquisition issues. This issue are taken up by NHAI from time to time in consultation with the State Governments by holding regular meetings for expediting the acquisition of land besides taking action.
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari on August 1 questioned the inordinate and unexplained delay in completion of the six-laning project of the Panipat-Jalandhar national highway, which is the main cause of tragic accidents leading to many deaths. In a statement issued here, Tewari said most of the accidents along this stretch were taking place primarily because of incomplete roads.
After unsuccessfully waiting for seven years to secure land, ArcelorMittal abandoned its 12-million tonne steel plant in Odisha citing unviability of the project. In a press release, the firm said the inordinate delays relating to land acquisition and allocation of captive iron ore blocks means this project is no longer viable
In 2013-14, the central government would spend an additional Rs 300 crore on railway projects in Karnataka, while the state government would contribute an equivalent amount for these projects. Thus, a total of Rs 600 crore would be spent on rail projects in the state during the current financial year over and above what was budgeted. The Union Railway budget 2013-14 allocated Rs 900 crore for rail projects in the state. Including electrification and doubling of tracks, it would top Rs 1200 Rs 1
Media reports indicate that the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has been cautious of clearing cost escalation for various hydel projects anticipating adverse comments from the comptroller and auditor general (CAG) of India. NHPC officials are dragging their feet in clearing cost escalations, which is a common trend in hydropower projects, fearing CAG
Data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) shows 272 projects out of a total 558 projects costing at least Rs 150 crore are running late as on March 31, 2013. As many as 59 of these projects reported delays just in March 2013 (additional delay