Kohima | October 11
There are 340 projects involving an expenditure of Rs. 2, 030.18 crore which still remain incomplete. This is despite the work stipulation that the projects should have been completed by March 31, 2017.
This was stated in the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on state’s finances for the year ended 31 March 2017, which was tabled in the recent 2nd session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) here.
From the 340 projects, information in respect to 303 projects were furnished by the different departments.
“These 303 projects, involving an expenditure of Rs. 1, 818. 77 crore, were stipulated to be completed by March 2017 but had remained incomplete as of October 2017,” the report stated adding that the project cost in respect of eight incomplete projects was revised from Rs. 74.72 crore to Rs. 137.68 crore (83.85 per cent).
“These projects pertained to PWD (Road & Bridges) – (Rs. 38.56 crore), Geology and Mining (Rs. 26.54 crore), State Council of Educational Research and Training (Rs. 4.28 crore), Transport (Rs. 1.39 crore), veterinary and animal husbandry (Rs. 0.30 crore), youth resources and sports (Rs. 3.50 crore) and agriculture (Rs. 0.16 crore).
The report stated that the date of completion in respect of 37 projects was not furnished by the departments. “Hence, it could not be ascertained in audit as to whether the 37 projects were incomplete or were in progress.”
“Delay in completion of works invites the risk of escalation in the cost of the works. The actual cost overrun would be available on closure of the claims of the construction agencies after completion. Besides, due to delay in completion of the projects, the intended benefits from those projects did not reach the beneficiaries in the state,” the report stated.