Contractors threaten no work as govt fails to clear Rs 1100 crore liabilities

Srinagar: Asking the state government to clear Rs 1100 crore liabilities, contractors on Friday threatened they will not carry any developmental work till authorities take a concrete decision in this regard.
The Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCC), in a statement issued here, said that they will launch a statewide programme from Saturday to reach out to its fraternity across different districts.
“This is being done to chalk out a future strategy on how we could save ourselves from the financial distressful state, which government has forced upon us,” spokesman of JKCCC said in the statement.
The spokesman said that the contractors have decided not take any new developmental works “till our previous liability for the works completed will be cleared”.
The spokesman added that most of the contractors were on verge of ‘bankruptcy’ and “they also owe payment to banks and laborers and other supplies”.
He said that the governments owes Rs 475 crore to contractor for the macdamisation and other civic works carried by the Roads and Buildings Department. “Rs 140 crore are pending with the Irrigation and Flood Control Department for the flood restoration work, besides several hundred crore rupees are pending with Public Health Engineering  Department under GoI funded National Rural Drinking Water Programme scheme,” the spokesman said.
“We had several meeting with the concerned officials regarding the payments, but apart from assurances we have not received anything,” said the JKCCC spokesman.
He said the government had earlier assured that that all payments to contractors will be cleared by December 31. “Later we were hopeful to receive payments by the end of the previous fiscal year, but nothing happened and the liabilities kept piling up.”

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