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Coordinate with states & SG to pursue court cases impacting infra projects: Cabinet secretary to secretaries

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Coordinate with states & SG to pursue court cases impacting infra projects: Cabinet secretary to secretaries
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Coordinate with states & SG to pursue court cases impacting infra projects: Cabinet secretary to secretaries
Coordinate with states & SG to pursue court cases impacting infra projects: Cabinet secretary to secretaries

NEW DELHI: Zeroing in on some 93 infrastructure projects delayed due to court cases and causing consequent loss to the exchequer, the cabinet secretary has urged all secretaries to coordinate with states and the solicitor general for effective settlement of cases in legal forums.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba had presented a snapshot of 799 projects at the Pragati meeting last week chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi out of which 300 have been delayed by up to seven years due to various reasons, TOI has learnt.
Sources said the 93 infrastructure projects impacted due to court orders have an associated cost of approximately Rs 14,700 crore. They added that out of these identified central government projects, 74 have time overruns and 63 projects cost overruns. Some of the projects among these have faced both cost and time overruns.
To expedite the projects impacted due to court cases, Gauba had taken a review meeting last month where top officials from ministries, including from railways, road transport, power and environment and forest, were present. He suggested that there is a need to put facts before the courts to avoid delays in project implementation and loss to the exchequer.
“He also suggested that a meeting be convened with the ministries concerned where pending inter-ministerial issues can be taken up for resolution. The environment and forest ministry was asked to examine the suggestions regarding delegation of powers for forest land diversion and to simplify the approval process under the Forest Conservation Act,” said another official.
Sources said out of the 799 projects, monitored by the Project Monitoring Group under the DPIIT, 152 have been delayed by more than one year; 75 are delayed by 1-3 years, another 34 and 43 projects have been delayed by 3-5 years and 5-7 years respectively. “The cabinet secretary said the process to indicate the agencies and authorities responsible for delays is being undertaken,” said an official, who did not wish to be named.
The PM in the Pragati meeting of August 25 had directed the cabinet secretary to identify such projects and also the ones delayed due to various court cases.

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