`Don't allow cost escalation'
government has directed all government departments not to allow cost escalation in any kind of construction work. The circular has said that from now on the proposed date of completion of construction and the project cost and financial plan should all be part of the work order issued to the contractor in question, and no changes should be allowed in this order once it has been framed. Cost escalation of construction projects has been the bane of financial planning in Maharashtra. The irrigation scam is only one example of cost escalation and wilful delay in completion of projects, show official sources.