PMO sets deadlines to implement key projects

To accelerate the works of the infrastructure projects, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) has set deadlines to implement key  projects covering sectors like railways, highways and power.

The high-level committee headed by the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary Pullock Chatterjee, which met on Thursday,  directed all ministries and departments to nominate a nodal officer each, of the rank of a joint secretary or above, who will report on a weekly basis on the progress of their department's projects.

“The progress on the intermediate steps will be monitored on a regular basis. The deadlines will ensure that ministries and departments are clear about not just the overall deadline but also all the intermediate steps that need to be completed so that there are no slippages," a PMO statement said. The PMO also said that contracts for the construction of 17 identified projects will be awarded between September 2013 and March 2014.

Projects which are to be awarded in 2014 include Mumbai Rail Corridor, Navi Mumbai Airport, Loco Project, Delhi – Meerut Expressway, Mumbai – Vadodra Expressway and Ultra Mega Power Projects in Cheyyar (Tamil Nadu) and Bedabahal (Odisha).

Those to be awarded in 2013 include Eastern Peripheral Expressway, Eastern Region transmission strengthening VI and VII, Southern system strengthening for import of power from Eastern region.

As per the statement, transmission system from Kudgi TPS (3x800 MW), transmission system for connectivity of NCC power project and Baira Siul HEP – Sarna D/C line too, would be awarded in the remaining months of 2013. 

With regard to the Mumbai Elevated Rail Corridor Project, it was decided in the meeting that the issue of whether the RFQ will be reissued is to be resolved by Railways within a week. Railways will also provide exact timelines on completion of the Khurja – Kanpur, Kanpur – Mughalsarai and Mughalsarai – Sonnagar stretches.

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