He asks States to form high-power panels
Expressing concern over delays in implementation of Central infrastructure projects, Statistics and Programme Implementation Minister M.S. Gill has urged the State governments to set up high-power committees headed by the Chief Secretaries to address the issue.
In identical letters to the Chief Ministers, Mr. Gill noted that some of the major factors responsible for time overruns lay within the States including delays in land acquisition,environment/forest/wildlife clearances, shifting utilities and removal of encroachments, besides law and order problems, inaccurate/incomplete land records, agitation by local groups, lack of coordination among various departments in resolving issues and lack of supporting /facilitating infrastructure like approaches to project sites.
“It has been observed that more than 50 per cent of Central sectors experience time delay beyond their scheduled date of completion due to various generic problems.”
The high-power panels, Mr. Gill said, may include representatives from Central project authorities working in the States and of State government departments and agencies such as Pollution Control, Revenue and Rehabilitation, Environment and Forests, PWD, Water Supply, Urban Development, Power, and the police, besides representatives of his Ministry.
The Principal Secretary (Planning) of the State could be designated as Member-Secretary of the committee. He could coordinate with the Central project authorities in solving problems.
Noting that the State governments were “very important” stakeholders in infrastructure building, Mr. Gill said timely implementation of projects should be of interest to the States too.
“You would appreciate that India is expected to be one of the global economic leaders and for that to happen, one of the key drivers would be infrastructure development.”
The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation is responsible for monitoring implementation of Central sector projects costing more than Rs. 150 crore.