Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCC), an amalgam of contractors associations across the state, on Tuesday threatened to halt all development works if the government fails to clear their pending bills worth Rs 1500 crore by March end.
In a press conference held here, Chairman of JKCCC Ghulam Jeelani Purza said that government is insensitive towards the sufferings of the contractors.
“We too suffered losses in September 2014 floods and after government assurance of making payments on time we made every effort to carry on with the development works across the state,” he said adding now all this has put the fraternity under severe financial burden and many contractors are on verge of bankruptcy.
The association said that government is not acknowledging their services and are pushing them into financial trouble and they are not in position to pay to the laborers and for the material they purchase.
While giving details, Purza said that post floods the contractors in JK have completed macadamisation work on around 1500 Kilometer of roads network during last year.
Giving details of these pending bills, Purza said that JK government owes Rs 700 crore to contractors in Kashmir province on account of their work done under Cities and Towns Plan while in Jammu this liability has touched Rs 150 crore.
“Under State Disaster Relief Fund government owns us Rs 460 crore in Kashmir and Rs 200 crore in Jammu, “he said adding that under Projectisation government liability has touched Rs 100 crore in Kashmir and Rs 68 crore in Jammu.
He said that the fraternity has been pursuing with government for release their bills, but there seems to be no action so far forcing them to announce the closure of all developmental works across the state. While speaking on the occasion, spokesperson, JKCCC, Bashir Ahmad Khan said that the previous PDP-BJP led coalition government had assured them that their pending bills would be cleared by December 31, 2015.
However, despite these assurances Khan said that there has not been any release of payments.
He added that contractors are on verge of bankruptcy, asking the governor N N Vohra to take measures for getting payments released at the earliest.