Monday, 23 December 2013

Clearance to Industrial Projects

Shri Srikant Kumar Jena
The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Kumar Jena has said that Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation monitors the on-going Central Sector Infrastructure Projects costing Rs. 150 crore and above on time and cost overruns, after the projects are  approved by the competent authority.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today he said, as on 1st October 2013, 738 on-going Central Sector Projects were on the monitor of this Ministry. Details of these projects is at Annexure. 301 projects are delayed as against their original date of commissioning.

Shri Jena said, as reported by the project implementing agencies, the main reasons for delay in implementation are law and order problems, delay in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement problems, fund constraints.

 Delay in forest and environment clearances, right of way/right of use issues, delay in supply of material, contractual issues, etc.

The Minister said, the major steps undertaken to ensure timely completion of projects include rigorous project appraisal; On-line Computerized Monitoring System (OCMS) for better monitoring; setting up of Standing Committees in the Ministries for fixation of responsibility for time and cost overruns; regular review of the infrastructure projects by the concerned administrative Ministries.

Setting up of Cabinet Committee on Investment (CCI) to review and  monitor the implementation of major projects, including issues relating to clearances/approvals; and setting up of Central Sector Projects Coordination Committees (CSPCCs) in the States under the Chief Secretaries for removal of bottlenecks and for facilitating the speedy implementation of major projects.

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