According to the study done by the National Confederation of Industry, “Great works stopped: how to face the problem?” used data from the end of the 2017 year, provided by the Ministry of Planning. Currently, there are 2776 stalled construction projects and from this number 517 are stalled due to infrastructure problems. This corresponds to a percentage of 18.5% of the total, and cost about R $ 10.7 billion to the public coffers, reports the Infrastructure Projects expert, Felipe Montoro Jens.
In the area of infrastructure, basic sanitation is the most affected: 447 projects were interrupted during the implementation phase. Complete the 517 stalled projects; there are 30 highways, 16 airports, 8 urban mobility works, 6 ports, 5 railways, and 5 waterways. More about Felipe Montoro Jens at infomoney.com
Why were construction projects stopped?
The study explained that the reason for stalled public works projects was technical problems, projects abandoned by companies, budgetary and financial difficulties, problems of land ownership and expropriation were among the main reasons that resulted in interruptions to the construction of public works projects.
According to the infrastructure specialist of the National Confederation of Industry, Ilana Ferreira, in Brazil, “The core problem that leads to the construction of public works projects stopping is technical. These are poor planned low-quality projects, and in the case of schools and nurseries, too many small companies took over the projects and with the recent economic crisis could not continue with the projects.”
What to do?
In order for Brazil to avoid this kind of situation of stalled public works projects in the future, CNI recommended six (6) measures: (1) improve macroplanning, (2) evaluate the most appropriate execution method, (3) carry out efficient micro-planning, (4) equip teams better, (5) write more balanced contracts, and (6) strengthen internal quality control.
“The country seems incapable of learning from all the surveys, losses and conflicts that this process generates,” said NCI’s Director of Policy and Strategy, José Augusto Fernandes, in a note. He also warned: “No matter how urgent it is to find solutions to the stalled public works, we also need to pay attention and not repeat the same mistakes in the future.”