NHAI chief pitches for internal mechanism by consulting engineers to come out with quality projects

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Pitching for an internal mechanism by consulting engineers to come out with quality projects, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu on Friday mentioned low quotes for some projects have created suspicion over their quality.

Consulting engineers want self-introspection for bettering quality of infrastructure projects and to guarantee their well timed completion, Sandhu mentioned expressing issues over quality and delays in numerous freeway projects.

Sandhu was addressing a webinar on ‘Contribution of consultants for quick monitoring Atmanirbhar Bharat’ organised by the Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI), the nation’s apex physique of guide engineers, to mark its Diamond jubilee celebrations.

“NHAI had to unwillingly take some harsh steps against consultants for poor-quality work. An internal mechanism is needed by consultants for quality improvement,” Sandhu mentioned. Some of the quotes acquired by NHAI for numerous projects are so low that one wonders concerning the provisions for wage of the employees, and quality of labor comes underneath doubt, he added.

Sandhu mentioned NHAI has come out with a efficiency examine system for consultants, and people offering good-quality works shall be awarded with extra contracts, credit score and excessive scores.

The Authority has additionally arrange a portal ‘GATI’ for higher options and eradicating grievances of consultants and contractors.

He mentioned the NHAI’s expertise with consulting engineers have been blended as they’ve performed an excellent function in creating wonderful infrastructure within the nation however in a number of projects, execution lacks a lot.

“Some projects that needed to be completed in 2-4 years are languishing for decades. Self-introspection by consultants will lead to what went wrong and the steps needed for timely completion,” he mentioned inaugurating the webinar.

Ok Ok Kapila, former chairman of CEAI and chairman of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Committee, mentioned that consulting engineers have been on the forefront of development of key nationwide buildings, monuments and factories, aside from transportation and sensible city infrastructure.

It has additionally been on the forefront in supporting defence forces by offering cutting-edge merchandise and supplying important parts for Indian area programme, Kapila added.

“We will work more for use of locally-produced materials for construction and related activities… CEAI has been time and again stressing and reminding the fraternity to be ethical in all their works and dealings,” Kapila mentioned.

He added that it has additionally been propagating the assorted facets of security and the setting in all sectors to enhance the well being and welfare of mankind and the planet.

Kapila mentioned that so as to enhance interplay and collaboration, usher in accountability and duty and to guarantee continued skilled growth, CEAI has been advocating and pursuing a laws for it.

“It was primarily for that cause that the Engineering Council of India (ECI) was formed… The matter related to the legislation is resting with the Ministry of Human Resource Development although engineers form the second-largest workforce after agriculture. The matter is being pursued by the association,” added Kapila.

CEAI President Ajay Pradhan mentioned, “Consulting engineers have been contributing for almost all key engineering and technological developments in the country for decades, and were fully committed to achieving self-reliance for the domestic industry.”

They are additionally dedicated to lowering dependence on imported merchandise within the infrastructure sector to help the robust and possible ‘Make in India’ ecosystem, he added.

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