NITI Aayog, QCI launch 'National Program and Project Management Policy Framework' for infrastructure sector

NITI Aayog and Quality Council of India (QCI) on Wednesday launched the ‘National Program and Project Management Policy Framework’ (NPMPF), with the aim of bringing radical reforms in the way infrastructure projects are executed in India.

Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari unveiled the Indian Infrastructure Body of Knowledge (InBoK), a book on the practice of program and project management in India, and launched the framework, along with Union Minister of Commerce and Industry & Railways Piyush Goyal, NITI Aayog VC Rajiv Kumar and CEO Amitabh Kant, QCI Chairman Adil Zainulbhai.

Dignitaries from across the government, infrastructure sector, global project management companies, contracting firms such as L&T India, PSUs, global and Indian development banks also participated in the event.

Recognising the significance of program and project management tools and techniques for mega projects like Bharatmala and Sagarmala, which are already in use, Gadkari said in a statement, “We need to find the problems at the grassroot level, tender processes for which technical and financial qualifications are very important to ensure time and cost savings and performance auditing is required in addition to financial audit.”

Goyal touched upon the importance of infrastructure building for national development and improving the quality of life. “With Indian Railways adopting landmark reforms and mega projects in the pipeline and investment worth Rs 50 lakh crore and more by 2030, this initiative is most opportune to bring about more transparency in procurement, enabling public-private partnerships through appropriate risk-sharing and establishing robust project governance,” he said.

India will require an investment of around $4.5 trillion by 2040 to develop the infrastructure for sustaining its economic growth. However, the challenges in infrastructure development that often obstruct the smooth execution of projects can be a deterrent. Therefore, along with numerous initiatives by the Government of India and guidelines advocated by NITI Aayog towards improving performance of infrastructure projects, a task force was also constituted to lay down a national program and project management policy framework.

NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant led the inaugural address, emphasising on the significance of challenges to infrastructure in India and the importance of program and project management in addressing those. Currently, of 1661 running projects, 32.4% of them are overrun by time and more than Rs 4.3 lakh crore cost overruns have been reported, according to a MoSPI August 2020 report. He stressed that the adoption of these practices will help achieve economic objectives through the coordination of multiple projects.

In the future, InBoK is envisioned to have extensions, which will be specific to each domain or industry for infrastructure, for example, a dedicated extension for roadways that captures issues and best practices specific to that sector.

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