29 large development projects limp

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:29, Dec 04,2017 | Updated: 23:46, Dec 04,2017

 
 

Implementation progress of 29 development projects with allocation above Tk 350 crore remained slow in the first four months of the current fiscal year 2017-2018 than the average progress rate of all projects under the annual development programme.
In July-October of the FY18, the government’s 54 ministries and divisions managed to spend only Tk 23,815 crore or 14.51 per cent of total allocation of Tk 1,64,085 crore of the ADP.
There are 86 projects having allocation above Tk 350 crore being implemented by the 24 ministries and divisions under the ADP this year.
The government allocated Tk 94,208 crore or 57 per cent of ADP for the projects named as large ones by the planning ministry.
There are a total of 1,209 development projects under the ADP for the current fiscal year.
Though the average progress rate of the projects stood at 18 per cent in July-October, the implementation rate of the 29 projects under 14 ministries was dismal and ranged between zero per cent to 12.23 per cent, according to the data of the Implementation Monitoring and Evaluation Division of the planning ministry.
Of which, ministries of science and technology, and information could not spend any allocation made for large projects, the data showed.
In this context, IMED on Monday evaluated the progress of the projects at a meeting presided over by planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal.
Secretaries of the ministries and divisions, and project directors attended the meeting held at NEC auditorium at Agargaon in Dhaka. The meeting decided to keep the projects under special monitoring.
Kamal, at a post-meeting press conference, said that project directors were asked to expedite the pace of implementation of the projects to achieve the target of full implementation of the ADP.
‘Hopefully, we will be able to reach nearer the target of ADP implementation,’ he said, adding that the government may implement full ADP if there were no natural calamities in coming months.
Regarding failure in expenditure of any money by two ministries and slower progress by some other ministries, he said that the ministries had actually made some progress but it has been showed zero progress as they could not provide us documents like expenditure receipts.
Regarding progress of Padma Multiple Bridge Project, Kamal said that the physical works would now get pace as the project authority has got the required hammer.
‘We are facing some physical problems like displacement of soil beneath the river and we have to overcome the problems to complete the projects on time,’ he said.
According to the IMED data, Technical and Madrasa Education Division executed only 0.09 per cent of its allocation against its large project, water resource ministry 2.26 per cent, Finance Division 4.71 per cent, Security Services Division 9.13 per cent, Bangladesh Election Commission Secretariat 6.19 per cent, primary and mass education ministry 4.55 per cent, railway ministry 7.62 per cent, Health Services Division 12.23 per cent, Bridges Division 2.26 per cent, Information and Communication Technology Division 10.08 per cent, Energy and Mineral Resources Division 1.45 per cent and Health Education and Family Planning Division spent 12 per cent of its respective allocation.
Power Division made the highest 43.91 per cent progress in implementation of its 22 large projects followed by shipping ministry with 37.38 per cent and housing and public works ministry with 36 per cent.

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