Mr. R. S. Sharma
President CEAI



President's Message

Dear Members and Friends,

Wishing All A Very Bright, Happy & Prosperous New Year.

Investments in the core engineering sectors have increased substantially and with that the turnover of those involved as contractors and consultants, amongst others. Those are good tidings and for executing all those CEAI has been advocating that all consultancy and construction works be done in a professional and ethical manner without compromising on integrity.

The flipside of the matter is that there have been issues with the quality of the consultancy services being provided as well as the quality of construction. These are reportedly due to low and unrealistic fees or rates being quoted.

To make the issue more complex, new players have entered the sector whereas the existing ones are facing business issues due to increased competition. Such a situation ought in the normal course result in better quality of work by all concerned. However, in the highway sector, the contractors are bidding at a discount on the estimated costs and in the consulting arena the fees are also being quoted below the actual costs. The quality of work being done is questionable. The unrealistic pricing is a serious matter both in consultancy for project engineering as well as in construction since it has a direct bearing on the quality of both.

Another cause for concern is that IT related courses are the preferred ones. Consequently, the quality of engineers of other core disciplines is not what it used to be. Because of the salary structure, recruitment is made from non-premier engineering institutions. The above two issues are a very serious matter and require to be looked into and set right post haste.

These issues will be flagged and deliberated upon in the forthcoming Seminar on “Quality of DPR and Design for Highways” being held in New Delhi in the second week of January 2024 to find possible solutions. Your views and suggestions are welcome. All are requested to participate in the Seminar, which will be held in the physical mode only.

December 2023 has also had different engagements to support the consulting engineering fraternity and we look forward to more of them in the coming year.

Warm regards,

R S Sharma

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