Identification of Causes and Minimization of Delays in Highway Projects of Pakistan

  • Samiullah Sohu Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universiti Tunn Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia.
  • Abdul Fattah Chandio Department of Electronic Engineering, Quaid-e-Awam University of Engineering, Science and Technology, Nawabshah, Pakistan.
  • Kaleem ullah Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UniversitiTunn Hussein Onn Malaysia, Malaysia.


The problem of delay in construction industry is a regular phenomenon worldwide, and construction industry of Pakistan has no exception, particularly in highways projects. Delay can be described as the extension of time to complete the construction project. The aim of this paper is to identify main causes of delays in highway projects of Pakistan, and to determine mitigating measures for the identified causes. The research method of this study is based on literature review, questionnaire survey and semi structured interview. From in-depth literature review, twenty-six common causes of delay were found. A questionnaire survey was carried out among construction professionals of highway projects. The causes of delay in highways projects were ranked referring to their Mean values. A semi structured interview was carried out to determine mitigation measures for the top ten causes of delays. The data gathered from questionnaire survey was analyzed using SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) while, data collected through semi structured interviews was analyzed using Nvivo software. The findings of this study are expected to be useful for construction parties, to mitigate the delays in highway construction projects of Pakistan.

Jan 1, 2019
How to Cite
SOHU, Samiullah; CHANDIO, Abdul Fattah; ULLAH, Kaleem. Identification of Causes and Minimization of Delays in Highway Projects of Pakistan. Mehran University Research Journal of Engineering and Technology, [S.l.], v. 38, n. 1, p. 103-112, jan. 2019. ISSN 2413-7219. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 02 june 2020. doi:
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