‘Rail line projects cleared 20 yrs ago incomplete’

The progress of 50 new line projects in the backward regions sanctioned more than ten years ago was reviewed by CAG.

Updated: Aug 05, 2011, 17:34 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking a dim view of Railways`
performance in executing new line projects, the Comptroller
and Auditor General (CAG) has found that some of them
sanctioned two decades ago are yet to be completed.

The progress of 50 new line projects in the backward
regions sanctioned more than ten years ago was reviewed by CAG
to evaluate their present status and reasons for their
non-completion.

"The progress work being very slow, 18 of them were not
expected to be completed within next ten years," it has noted
in its latest report tabled in Parliament today.

Railways have already incurred an expenditure of Rs 8,549
crores on 50 incomplete new lines and balance funds to the
tune of 16,800 crore were required to complete these projects.

The CAG has also asked the Railways to shelve those
projects where the work is affected due to resources crunch.

The auditor found that five new line projects sanctioned
more than 20 years ago, nine sanctioned between 15 and 20
years ago and 36 between 10 and 15 years ago were lying
incomplete as on March 2010.

"Once the works are undertaken, they should be completed
within the shortest possible time to avoid cost and time over
run," it observed.

The CAG noted that in most of the projects, targets for
completion were not envisaged and where targets were set,
these were not achieved.

PTI