NEW DELHI: The cabinet secretary has directed all ministries and departments to submit the details of delayed projects including the ones impacted due to court cases. Sources said they have been asked to upload the latest status of projects costing over Rs 500 crore in the project monitoring group platform.
“Now it’s a top priority for all the infrastructure ministries. Some of the ministries and departments have submitted the details of delayed projects and the cabinet secretary has taken one meeting to review the progress. There is a strict deadline to upload details in the project monitoring group platform and we have to specify whether or not the issues have been resolved,” said an official.
This work across ministries is being undertaken following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s direction to expedite completion of delayed projects during the last Pragati meeting. He had asked the cabinet secretary to prepare the list of delayed projects and identify the agencies and officials responsible for the delay. Modi had also directed him to compile a list of projects impacted due to court cases and also estimate the burden on the exchequer because of such delays.
On Thursday, while addressing the inauguration of two office complexes for defence personnel, Modi had said that while in the earlier governments, delays in completion of projects was considered acceptable, his administration has greater focus on timely completion of projects.