Illegal Colonies' Redevelopment: Delhi To Slap Fine On Builders For Delays
Delays have been one defining feature that best describes the state of affairs in India's infrastructure sector. Ambitious plans, public or private, that have the potential to change the face of the country for better apart from providing employment to millions have lost their significance amid delays. This trend is seen more prominently in public projects.
In national capital Delhi, for instance, plans of developing unauthorised colonies have largely remained on papers - private developers responsible for the development work have not been able to deliver services within the set timelines. Now, they will have to pay a penalty for that. With an aim to speed up development works in unauthorised colonies in the national capital, the Delhi government's Irrigation & Flood Control Department has said it would impose penalty on contractors who fail to complete projects within the timeline.
The announcement came after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal recently directed officials to speed up the pace of the development works in unauthorised colonies in the national capital. Delhi has about 1,600 unauthorised colonies, and the residents of these colonies play a vital role in deciding who rules the national capital.
"Appropriate action will be initiated against the contractors, including imposition of penalty, for not completing the work as per time schedule," a PTI report quoted an official as saying.
Where does the buck stop?
It will be the responsibility of superintending and executive engineers to ensure projects are completed within the "revised timeline". The plan is to hold weekly and fortnightly meetings to review the progress of all projects. Superintendent engineer of the circle would precide over these meetings. Any laxity in compliance with the order would amount to action against the erring officers.
"In cases, where the circumstances of delay are beyond the control of the department, a fresh timeline will be prescribed after taking into consideration all the constraints in the process of execution of the project," the official said.
With inputs from Housing News