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  • Consulting Engineers Need Lots Of Self Introspection To Improve Quality Of Infrastructure Projets And Their Timely Completition -NHAI Chairman Sukhbir Singh Sandhu

    Published on February 26, 2021

    New Delhi: The National Highway Authority of India expressing concern at quality and delay in various highway projects has urged the consulting engineers to do self introspect and find and suggest ways to remove the deficiencies and improve quality.

    “The experience of NHAI with consulting engineers have been mixed as they have played a great role in creating excellent infrastructure  in the country but in several projects execution lacks much. Some projects which needed to be completed in 2-4 years are languishing for decades. Self introspection by consultants will lead to what went wrong and steps needed for timely completion” Said Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu, Chairman, NHAI while inaugurating a webinar on ‘Contribution of consultants for fast tracking Amtamnirbhar Bharat’ organized by the Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI) , the apex body of consultant engineers in the country as part of 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 .Some of the quotes received by NHAI for various projects  are so low that one wonders if they have include salary of the workers and good work “ said Dr Sandhu.

    “NHAI has set up a performance check system for consultants and those providing good quality works and will be awarded with more contracts, credit  and high scores. The Authority has also set up a portal ‘GATI’  for better suggestions and removing grievance’s of consultants and contractors “ said Dr Sandhi.

    ‘Consulting engineers have been in forefront of construction of key national buildings, monuments and factories, construction of transportation and smart urban infrastructure, supporting defence forces by providing cutting-edge products and supplying critical components for Indian space programme. We will work more for use of locally-produced materials for construction and related activities.’ Said Mr K K kapila.former chairman CEAI and Chairman, Diamond Jubilee Celebrations Committee, CEAI

    “CEAI has been time and again stressing and reminding the fraternity to be ethical in all their works and dealings. It has also been propagating the various aspects of Safety and the Environment in all sectors to improve the health and welfare of mankind and the planet. “ said Mr Kapila

    “In order to improve interaction and collaboration, bring in accountability and responsibility plus ensure continued Professional Development in the profession of Engineering, CEAI has been advocating and pursuing a legislation for it. It was primarily for that cause that the Engineering Council of India (ECI) was formed in 2002. CEAI is a founding Member of that. The matter relating 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 Mr Kapila

     “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 and reduce dependence on imported products in the infrastructure sector to support the strong and feasible ‘Make in India’ ecosystem” said Dr Ajay Pradhan, President, Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI) ,

    The others who spoke at webinar included Mr Akhilesh Mishra, Additional Secretary , Ministry of External affairs and Dr Hsarshvardhan Subarao was the coordinator