New guidelines issued to ensure flawless DPRs: ‘Incompetence’ of officers pushes Govt to hire foreign experts
Srinagar, Jan 6:
Embarrassed by the alleged “incompetence” of senior officers, Jammu and Kashmir
government has issued fresh guidelines for framing flawless detailed project
reports (DPRs) in order to reduce the dependence on the foreign experts.
Sources said the
alleged “incompetence” of officers often compels departments to hire foreign
experts for framing accurate detailed project reports (DPRs).
several projects where departments have hired foreign experts. Officials of
Irrigation and Flood Control Department had framed DPR for Dogripora flood
channel (alternate flood channel to Jhelum) which was rejected after finding it
inaccurate. Government has hired foreign companies for framing accurate DPR and
carrying out study on River Jhelum how to increase its carrying capacity,” an
official of Irrigation and Flood Control Department said.
foreign experts are also conducting a study on Wular Lake to work out
modalities to conserve the water body and increase its carrying capacity.
The official said
that “rejection” of local engineers DPRs raises questions over their
several projects in Housing and Urban Development Department, and Roads and
Buildings Department, where government had to hire foreign experts for framing
DPR. Departmental DPRs were full of
loopholes,” the official said.
DPR is a very
detailed and elaborate plan for a project indicating overall programme,
different roles and responsibilities, activities and resources required for the
Taking note over
“casual approach” of officials, government has issued advisory directing
departments to frame accurate DPRs.
As per the
advisory, the DPRs for cross drainage like bridges works need to be supported
with all relevant hydraulic data including HFL, scour depth behavior/morphology
of river/stream with catchment area.
structures, the DPR should carry soil test report so that soil bearing capacity
is known to justify inclusion of components like raft-foundation, pile
foundation etc in the DPRs,” the advisory reads.
been directed to evolve a mechanism to make the concerned officers and
engineers accountable for execution of the projects for framing of DPR.