Is it necessary to have foundation laying and inauguration functions for the projects?The governments plan and execute various public utility projects. These projects are never completed in the prescribed time due to various reasons resulting in cost escalation. For every project, the foundation laying function and inauguration function is held. These functions are done by the Prime Minister, Chief Minister, Minister or others depending upon the importance of the project. The involvement of these people means extra expenditure and at times wastage of time due to the non-availability of the persons intended.
The "Eastern Peripheral Expressway", which is a six-lane highway is one such project which is waiting for the inauguration by the Prime Minister. The construction of the highway is completed and yet to be opened for the public use due to the non-availability of the dates of the Prime Minister to inaugurate it. It is a highway which bypasses the national capital and will ease traffic congestion in Delhi and also contribute to the reduction of pollution.
This is not the only incident. There were such delays in the case of many projects. Considering the delay and cost escalation, is it necessary to have these foundation laying and inauguration functions for the public projects?