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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2108;

Rural Residents’ Perception of Construction Project Delays in Pakistan

Faculty of Management and Economics, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024, China
Department of Business Management, Karakoram International University, Gilgit-Baltistan 15100, Pakistan
School of Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney, Broadway, NSW 2007, Australia
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Received: 22 October 2017 / Revised: 13 November 2017 / Accepted: 16 November 2017 / Published: 20 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Urban and Rural Development)
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The construction industry is one of the key sectors that facilitate sustainable economic and social development in the region. Currently, community development mechanisms are adopted by many developed and developing nations, aimed at enhancing economic growth and quality of life along with social welfare of the local community. This study reviews the rural residents’ perception of public construction project delays and aims to explore economic and social challenges confronted by residents, especially in rural areas in Pakistan. A questionnaire with 26 factors identified from the literature was sent to rural educated residents. Through a questionnaire survey, the opinions of rural residents were sought and tested. Based on 366 (73%) valid responses, this study examined the socio-economic influencing factors. The findings of the study revealed that problems faced while traveling, increase the price of consumer goods, high transportation costs, lack of educational opportunities, more expenditures on education, and barriers to primary healthcare access were the top most important factors. Research results confirmed that the delays in construction projects negatively affect the socio-economic conditions of the rural community, which directly influence the rural dwells’ sustainable life. The research findings suggest that the practitioners in public sector organization make sure to execute the project on time and within the quality. Otherwise, it has negative socio-economic implications for the rural community. View Full-Text
Keywords: rural community; economic and social; infrastructure projects; delays; sustainable rural development; Pakistan rural community; economic and social; infrastructure projects; delays; sustainable rural development; Pakistan

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Hussain, S.; Zhu, F.; Ali, Z.; Xu, X. Rural Residents’ Perception of Construction Project Delays in Pakistan. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2108.

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