Road sector has highest number of delayed projects at 262, followed by railways

The road transport and highways sector has the maximum number of delayed projects at 262, followed by railways at 115 and the petroleum sector at 89, a government report has shown.

In the road transport and highways sector, 262 out of 835 projects are delayed. In railways, out of 173 projects, 115 are delayed, while for petroleum, 89 out of 140 projects are delayed, according to the latest flash report on infrastructure projects for September 2022. 

The Infrastructure and Project Monitoring Division (IPMD) is mandated to monitor Central sector infrastructure projects costing Rs 150 crore and above based on the information provided on the Online Computerised Monitoring System (OCMS) by the project implementing agencies. 

The IPMD comes under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. 

The report shows that the Muneerabad-Mahaboobnagar rail project is the most-delayed project. It is delayed by 276 months. 

The second-most delayed project is the Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla rail project, which is delayed by 247 months. The third-most delayed project is Belapur-Seawood-Urban Electrified Double Line, which is delayed by 228 months. 

About the road transport and highways sector, the report has stated that the total original cost of implementation of 835 projects when sanctioned was Rs 4,94,300.45 crore. This was subsequently anticipated at Rs 5,26,481.88 crore, implying a cost overrun of 6.5 per cent. 

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