In 17 test-checked divisions, 123 projects (out of 269) sanctioned for Rs. 414.67 crores were awarded to the contractors after a delay of one to111 month resulting in further delay in execution of the projects.
Delay in an award of works
As per NABARD guidelines, the tendering process includes an award of works of projects that should be completed within nine months from the date of sanction.
Audit noticed that in 123 out of 269 projects sanctioned for Rs. 414.67 crores in 17 test-checked divisions, there was a delay of one to 111 months in an award of works. Of these projects, 23 projects were awarded after a delay of one to four years, and five projects were awarded after a delay of more than five years. Delay in an award of works resulted in further delay in execution and completion of the works depriving the public of the intended benefits in time. Delay in commencement of the projects resulted in a delay of 21 to 52 months in the completion of 24 projects. The ACS stated (December 2018) that the tendering process was delayed on account of land disputes, court cases, and the non-availability of contractors qualifying the bid criteria. In the exit conference, the ACS stated that the monitoring would be done at circle and zone levels.