Contractors threaten to boycott Government projects

Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee Tuesday threatened to boycott development works in the state if the government failed to clear Rs 1500 crore pending liability by March 31.
Contractors threaten to boycott Government projects

Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee Tuesday threatened to boycott development works in the state if the government failed to clear Rs 1500 crore pending liability by March 31.

"We have been pushed to the wall as the government is not clearing the pending liabilities," Chairman, JKCCC, Ghulam Jeelani Purza said in a press conference here.

He accused the administration of being insensitive towards the sufferings of the contractors. "We in the post-flood period repaired and renovated the infrastructure damaged by the deluge, but ironically instead of acknowledging our services, the government has kept us lingering for almost a year for want of payment," he said.

He said that post-floods the contractors in JK did macadamization and civil works on around 1500 Kms of roads last year.

Purza said that JK government owes Rs 700 crore to the contractors in Kashmir on account of works done under Cities and Towns Plan. "In Jammu, the liability under this head is Rs 150 crore."   

"Under State Disaster Relief Fund, the  unpaid bills for work done are Rs 460 crore in Kashmir and Rs 200 crore in Jammu," he said, adding that under Projectization the bills have touched Rs 100 in Kashmir, while in the winter capital it is Rs 68 crore.

Similarly, there are other pending bills on account of work done under various heads. But despite taking up the issue with every concerned official there is no action on ground, he said.

While speaking on the occasion, spokesperson, JKCCC, Bashir Khan said that the previous PDP-BJP government had assured them that their pending bills would be cleared by December 31, 2015.

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