In Brazil, the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) gathered data from 2017 that was provided by the Brazilian Ministry of Planning to analyze construction projects throughout the country. The study titled “Great works stopped: how to face the problem” reports that 2796 works paralyzed or prematurely stopped in Brazil. Of those projects 517 were related to infrastructure – that is 18.5% of the total number of projects, at a cost of 10.7 billion reais from public coffers according to Infrastructure Projects expert, Felipe Montoro Jens.
Basic sanitation was the most affected area with 447 enterprises. The balance of the 517 interruptions to public works were 430 highway, 16 airport, 8 mobility works 6 ports. 5 railway and 5 waterways projects. The failures to complete the projects before they were to go public drained government funds without benefiting society. Find out more at consultasocio.com to learn more.
Also affected were construction projects of daycare centers, preschools and sports facilities to benefit education, even though these were cheaper and less complex. There appeared to be little or no thought given to the order in which projects had priority and would be completed. Lack of planning and coordination between projects by oversight managers led to many projects ending abruptly.
Besides technical problems and companies simply abandoning work, budget and financial difficulties persisted and there were problems with land ownership. The technical problems that were exacerbated by these additional problems and poor planning for the materials and design, along with substandard work and lack of proper oversight and management is blamed for the paralyzing of many projects. This has led to poor quality infrastructure harming the economy, bring it down further according to the Director of Policies and Strategy of the CNI, José Augusto Fernandes.
On the brighter side, in a case of schools and nurseries many small companies took over the completion of projects for the benefit of communities. It remains to be seen whether the government has learned from past errors.