Identification of risks causing delays in design development and construction stages of state-owned irrigation projects in Turkey

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Dams and Water Resource Department, University of Anbar, Ramadi, Iraq

2 Graduate School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Gaziantep University, Gaziantep, Turkey


This work is carried out to determine various risk factors which cause delays in the design and development of state-owned irrigation projects in Turkey. Various factors such as management problems, design complexities, financial matters, labor attitude, equipment scarcities, and external risks were qualitatively studied. Data was collected through direct interviews with persons in state-owned irrigation projects and by a questionnaire survey (GAP project as a case study). The questionnaire was designed as on various questions and responses generated during direct interviews. It can be realized that major risk factors which arise through, management, design complexities, and financial matters, are mainly linked to the clients (i.e., Government and consulting firms) causing delayed completion of state-owned projects. During the execution cycle of the project, the contractors also produce a significant portion of risks related to common labor and equipment scarcity. This study can provide, and help in determining a suitable way forward for the completion of projects in time, by omitting delays caused by the government, and processing financial and other matters should be processed in due course for fruitful completion. Contractors should also be bound to follow the given time frame of each project and complete it within a stipulated time. Although external factors such as natural calamities put a strain on project completion time, management should be forecasting these factors and maintain a corrective course of action in case of any.


Volume 14, Issue 1
January 2023
Pages 2341-2349
  • Receive Date: 07 July 2022
  • Revise Date: 19 August 2022
  • Accept Date: 26 September 2022