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Central port projects in Gujarat face delay, cost overrun

Source : BUSINESS_STANDARD
Last Updated: Mon, Dec 10, 2012 03:53 hrs

pOf the four Central Sector Infrastructure Projects in the field of ports and shipping in Gujarat none has made progress so far resulting in the cost overrun to a total of more than Rs 230 crore revealed a data released by Central governmentppAs per the recent data on infrastructure projects released by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation none of the four projects in the field of ports and shipping in Gujarat have made any progress The original cost of these four port sector projects put together was close to Rs 2700 crore which has increased due to delay in implementationppThe four projects under the central sector include construction of berthing and allied facilities off Tekra near Tuna at Kandla Port Trust worth Rs 882 crore modification and strengthening of existing berths worth Rs 277 crore and construction of 13 and 14 cargo berth at Kandla worth Rs 755 crore Also setting up of single point mooring SPM and allied facilities off Veera in Gulf of Kutch on BOT basis was planned at the cost of Rs 830 croreppAccording to the data the total estimated cost overrun in the three projects is estimated at Rs 230 crore while the cost for SPM off Veera in Gulf of Kutch was estimated downwards to Rs 6215 croreppTwo port projects including construction of berthing and allied facilities off Tekra near Tuna at KPT and construction of 13 and 14 cargo berth at Kandla were approved in 2005 each and were expected to be commissioned by December 2012 and March 2013 respectively but so far no progress has been madeppThe cost overrun for these two projects is estimated at Rs 230 crore Recently in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha minister of state for statistics and programme implementation Srikant Kumar Jena informed that government was taking steps to ensure timely completion of projectspp"These measures include rigorous project appraisal setting up of an On-line Computerised Monitoring System OCMS for better monitoring higher weightage to project implementation by PSUs in the MOUs signed between them and the administrative ministries"ppHe also stated that the government was taking initiatives like "setting up of standing committee in each ministry for fixation of responsibility for time and cost overruns and setting up of Central Sector Project Coordination Committee CSPCC in states under respective chief secretaries for removal of bottlenecks and impediments in project implementationppThe ministry of statistics and programme implementation monitors the Central sector infrastructure projects costing Rs 150 crore and abovep


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