Project Information for Cost Estimation (PRICE) Kerala


Project Information for Cost Estimation (PRICE) Kerala Objective/Description

All infrastructure development works of Kerala Government are undertaken by Public Works department, Irrigation department etc. Being a major department spending lions share of the budget allocation for infrastructure development, the PWD needs an excellent system so that it can prepare accurate and reliable cost estimates for its proposed projects. Typical project consists of thousands of items and preparing the estimate for these items involves significant time, effort and cost. Project Information & Cost Estimation (PRICE) is a workflow based total solution that simplifies this complex time consuming exercise. Project estimates along with proposals are prepared in a matter of few minutes. The Software is developed based on Delhi Schedule of Rates (DSoR) & Central Public Works Department, Government of India (CPWD ) DATA with cost index. Central Public Works Department, Government of India (CPWD) releases the revised version of Analysis of Rates and Schedule of Rates every year. For every state, CPWD has incorporated Cost index to get a normalized rate for preparing the estimates. PRICE has been taken up at the National Level for MGNREGS works. As a pilot, it has been customised for MGNREGS Kerala.


The customized version of PRICE for MGNREGS Kerala is named as SECURE (Software for Estimate Calculation Using Rural Rates for Employment). Trial run of the software was done with the engineers working under Mahatma Gandhi NREGA.
The works coming from MGNREGS MIS through web services is estimated using the standard data approved by the State Level Committee.

Implementation Status

Implemented in the PWD Buildings Wing, Government of Kerala since 1st Jan 2014 Six other engineering Departments across Kerala from Dec 2015. Integration with MGNREGA Portal Completed.

1.CSI-Valiant e-Governance Special Jury Award 2015 was awarded to PRICE by the CSI Trivandrum chapter.
2.PRICE (PRoject Information and Cost Estimation) bagged the CSI-Nihilent Award of appreciation 2014-2015.

With the implementation of PRICE in the buildings wing of PWD, around Rupees 6 crores profit was made to the government within a year.

Benefits Standardisation of data. Preparation of estimate and submission of estimate to higher Officers, with note by online. Paper-less and efficient way to carry out tasks from anywhere and time saving Estimate accuracy can be ensured. The estimates are stored in a Database and hence can be retrieved any time. The higher authority can view the estimate and return for correction with notes or approve the estimate for AS/TS. Auto generation of AS & TS slip. Facility to search, know the status of the estimate and view the latest version of the estimate at any stage for all officers, who handled the file. File History maintained for all estimates. Tender schedules (BOQ) are generated by the system for TS approved estimates, as per the format of the eTenders portal. Templates are provided for preparing the estimates easily. Provision to process estimates for Other department. MIS reports – DPR, AS TS register, Status of the Estimate. Secure System. Audit trails to track each activity of the user.

Contact Details

Kerala State Center
CDAC Building,Keltron,House,Vellayambalam,Thiruvananthapuram
Thiruvananthapuram -695033