Srinagar: The work on Jehangir Chowk-Rambagh flyover has been halted, with some sources suggesting that the construction company has withdrawn from the project.
Sources said that Simplex infrastructure has asked its work force to stop work ‘for unknown reasons’.
Director Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA), Showkat Ahmad Wani, said there are some payment issues with the company.
“It has nothing to do with us, contractors have some payment issue with their own suppliers and that is the reason they have stopped the work,” Wani said. “We held a meeting with the officials of the company. They assured us they will resume work.”
Farooq Lone, Director ERA told Kashmir Reader that the work has not been stopped.
However, a group of labourers at the site told Kashmir Reader that from last five days no work was going on.
“Contractors have told us to stop the work and we follow the order,” they said.
They, however, added that they were not aware of the reason.
Asked when they had received the last payment, the labourers said: “From long time we have not received the money.”
On May 11, the Phase-I of the flyover was thrown open by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
The work on the flyover had started in 2013 with an estimated cost of Rs 369 crore. The project is being executed by the Jammu and Kashmir Economic Reconstruction Agency (JKERA), with Simplex Limited as the project contractor.
Initially, September 2016 was fixed as the deadline, which was subsequently extended to March 2017 as a result of the September-2014 floods.
The work was again suspended in 2016, after non-local labourers fled the valley due to the uprising, which began with the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8. The work on the project caused traffic chaos in uptown.