Contractors demand release of pending payments

Contractors demand release of pending payments

SRINAGAR: Kashmir Contractors Welfare Association on Monday held a press conference here in Srinagar demanding release of their outstanding payments with the government.
President of Kashmir Contractors Welfare Association Town drainage, Sheikh Mushtaq said they are working in 22 municipal committees of the valley as drainage contractors.
“We have completed drainage projects in some municipal committees, but our payments have not been released by the government,” he said.
“We have done total work of Rs 11 crore under drainage scheme projects including Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in which 4 core work has already been done, flood restoration drainage work Rs 3 crore, Capex budget Rs 3 crore and UIDSSMT Ganderbal/Kupwara Rs 4 crore,” he said.
Mushtaq said that the government is doing injustice with the drainage contractors for not releasing the outstanding payments of completed projects in the valley.
“Two years have passed but our 11 crore liabilities have not be released,” he added.
He said that in Jammu division, there are only 25 municipal committees, but in Kashmir division, there are 45 municipal committees. “We are working in 22 committees presently and the drainage work of other committees should be given to us also,” he said.
He said the population of the Jammu division municipal committees is very low as compared to Kashmir division. “The government should provide extra drainage projects to Kashmir division, so that drainage contractors will not affect again,” Mushtaq said.
They drainage contractors threatened to hit streets if government failed to release their Rs 11 crore liabilities within ten days.