The Planning commission (PC) is going to hold a series of meeting with ministries and divisions to review the progress of 355 ADP projects that are expected to be completed by this year.
The move comes as part of the Commission’s increased focus on implementing development projects on scheduled time, commission sources said.The three-day meetings, slated to be held on 17-19 December, will review physical and financial progress of the projects marked as finishable by June 2020.
“Usually, we set a completion target for projects. Problems arise when the projects are not completed in line with the target. The money allocated against them remains unutilised,” commented a planning ministry high official.
“It downgrades overall ADP implementation performance. So, we always want that projects are finished timely,” the official added.
Programming division of the commission last week sent letters to 44 ministries and divisions, asking them the send representatives to the meetings with latest data of the finishable projects.
On December 17, a meeting will be held with 8 ministries and division, while the Commission will sit with 12 ministries on December 18 and with 19 ministries on the last day, sources informed.
“When a project does not finish in time, not only its duration increases but its cost also increases. People are also deprived as they do not get quick benefits of projects,” a programming division official said while explaining the importance of the meeting.Even some project might lose economic importance if the implementation gets delayed, he added.
“In this situation, we’re going to spur implementing agencies to implement ADP projects within their stipulated timeframe,” the official noted.
The meetings will identify whether any of these finishable projects are facing problems, the nature of the problems and the way forward, the official informed.
Of the 355 finishable projects, the transport sector has 59 projects, physical planning and housing sector 45, agriculture sector 37, water resources sector 30, education and religion 28, rural development and rural institutions 25, power sector 22 projects.
Also, science and ICT sector has 22 projects, health, nutrition, population and family welfare sector 18 projects, sports and culture 17, and industry sector 12, among others.
The projects include the construction of 3rd Karnaphuli Bridge, Teletalk’s 3G and 2.5G network expansion projects, construction of the Bibiyana combined cycle power plant, Gorashal-3 re-powering project, the second phase of rural electrification in Dhaka division, construction of residential buildings for the postal department.