Critical Cost Overrun Factors and its Controlling Measures in Construction Sector of Pakistan

  • Samiullah Sohu Department of Civil Engineering, QUEST, Nawabshah, Pakistan
  • Ashfaque Ahmed Jhatial Department of Civil Engineering, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Campus, Khairpur Mirs’, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Qadir Bakhsh Jamali Department of Mechanical Engineering, QUEST, Nawabshah, Pakistan.
  • Abdul Hafeez Buller Department of Civil Engineering, QUEST, Nawabshah, Pakistan.
  • Imtiaz Ali Bhatti Faculty of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Parit Raja, 86400 Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia.
Keywords: Cost overrun, Controlling measures, Construction sector, Pakistan


Construction projects facing cost overrun is a common problem in developing countries, including Pakistan. This research paper identifies the major cost overrun factors faced by construction projects in Pakistan and also provides recommendations to reduce the cost overrun. To main objectives of this research is to identify the critical cost overrun factors and its controlling measures. To attain objectives, the first in-depth literature review was conducted, which helped to identify 33 common cost overrun factors. Secondly, a structured questionnaire was established among stakeholders of the construction sector to share feedback about the critical cost overrun factors. Results showed that stakeholders of construction projects (consultant, contractor, and client) have a different perception of cost overrun. After identification of major cost overrun factors, interviews were carried among mostly experienced stakeholders for mitigation and control measures. This research delivers a better understanding of major cost overrun factors. Also, it provides recommendations to stakeholders of construction projects as well as other professionals of Pakistan to control cost overrun.

How to Cite
Sohu, S., Jhatial, A. A., Jamali, Q. B., Buller, A. H., & Bhatti, I. A. (2021). Critical Cost Overrun Factors and its Controlling Measures in Construction Sector of Pakistan. Quaid-E-Awam University Research Journal of Engineering, Science & Technology, Nawabshah., 19(1), 70-76.