New Delhi: Independent quality monitors will
now inspect projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban
Renewal Mission and send assessment reports covering quality
and other aspects to ensure timely completion of the schemes.
A senior official in the Ministry of Urban Development
said the proposed quality monitors will be professional
engineers of the rank of retired superintendent engineers and
"These monitors will carry random inspection of
infrastructure development projects being implemented in
selected cities to check the quality," the official said.
The appointed monitors will provide their feedback
directly to the Mission Directorate in the ministry of Urban
Development and their comments will be taken into
consideration while processing the cases for the release of
subsequent installments of central support.
In order to ensure transparency, accountability and
timely completion of the schemes, the monitors will not carry
out inspections in the state where they have served.
Officials said the reports of the quality monitors would
be filed online with details of their visit on the website of
JNNURM and this was expected to help maintain quality and
timely completion of projects.
Funds for projects to the tune of over Rs one lakh crore
have so far been sanctioned in this plan period for 65 mission
cities across the country under the JNNURM, the flagship
programme of the government, in the last over four years.