Poor Project Management

Poor Project Management

The widening of the Srinagar-Qazigund highway will miss its third deadline as the government has not paid compensation to people whose land was acquired for the project. The government had set December 2017 as deadline for the four-lane project. To the contrary, the Jammu side of the highway project has already been completed. Apparently, the major sticking point or the issue that has bogged down the project is the delay in compensation to be paid for acquisition of land. This may or may not be the sole reason for the delay but, the fact remains that in Kashmir, there is invariably a long lag and delay in the completion of projects- whatever the nature of these. While there are obvious obstacles that account for these lags and delays- the political uncertainty and volatility in Kashmir, poor and unpredictable climactic conditions, especially winter- but these cannot and must be the excuse(s) for not actually working and completing projects on time. There are places in the world where weather conditions are even more inclement than Kashmir but there projects and other forms of public works are completed on time. There are penalties and costs involved in delays and lags which, besides the inconvenience caused to people, add to the various burden(s). These delays are also a reflection of the “chalta hai” attitude in Kashmir which , in turn, accrues from poor and lax accountability, oversight and corruption here. The ultimate price(s) and cost(s) of these odious practices and other thematic issues, is paid and borne by the people of Kashmir. In the final analysis, poor project management, keeping certain variables that define Kashmir constant, is a reflection of the nature of governance in the region. Poor governance, both top down and bottoms up, and bad public policy- conception, formulation, execution and implementation- create(s) a paradigm whose spill- over effects are resplendent all over Kashmir. To repeat, it is the people of Kashmir who bear the actual and real burdens of all this. This is not to state and imply that the problem is not remediable. In the least, the administration can , in the absence of a revamp of the abysmal governance paradigm in the region, actually take recourse to project management techniques that can, to a large extent, facilitate projects and their completion thereof. New layers of accountability can be created for these and , at a micro and some levels, some degree of efficiency and effectiveness, in terms of project management, created.

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