‘Over Rs 3.39-trn cost overruns in 362 infra projects due to delays’

New Delhi, Dec 2: As many as 362 infrastructure projects, each worth Rs 1.5 billion or above, have shown cost overruns to the tune of over Rs 3.39 trillion owing to delays and other reasons, a report said.
The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation monitors infrastructure projects worth Rs 1.5 billion and above.
“Total original cost of implementation of the 1,417 projects was Rs 17.3809586 trillion and their anticipated completion cost is likely to be Rs 20.7789881 trillion, which reflects overall cost overruns of Rs 3.3980295 trillion (19.55% of original cost),” the ministry’s latest report for August 2018 said.
Of these 1,417 projects, 362 reported cost overruns and 317-times escalation.
According to the report, the expenditure incurred on these projects till August 2018 is Rs 7.7635156 trillion, which is 37.36 per cent of the anticipated cost of the projects.
However, it said the number of delayed projects decreases to 249 if delay is calculated on the basis of latest schedule of completion.
For 694 projects, neither the year of commissioning nor the tentative gestation period has been reported. Out of 317 delayed projects, 86 projects have overall delay in the range of 1-12 months, 55 projects have 13-24 months, 87 projects reflect delay of 25-60 months and 89 projects show 61 months and above delay.
It also said that the average time overrun in these 317 delayed projects is 46.72 months.
The brief reasons for time overruns as reported by various project implementing agencies are delay in land acquisition, forest clearance and supply of equipment.