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Saturday, 20 February 2021

Clear contractors’ Rs66 cr dues in six weeks: HC to civic body

Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service
Faridabad, February 19

The Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Faridabad Municipal Corporation (MC) to clear Rs 66 crore dues of contractors within six weeks. The order in wake of a petition filed recently.

MC Contractors' Association president Giriraj Singh, who filed the petition in the HC on February 6 this year, said the court in its order on February 10 had directed the authorities concerned to clear the dues within a period of six weeks. "It comes into effect from February 18, when the copy of the order was released," he added.

Claiming that a total amount of Rs 66 crore was pending since April 1, 2018, Giriraj said the payment was towards the developmental works done by 62 contractors associated with the MC till January 31 this year. He said the association took the legal recourse after the authorities concerned failed to release the dues despite several appeals and reminders in the past few months.

Adding that delay in the clearance of the payments had led to the sluggish pace of work in the ongoing developmental projects, Giriraj said the contractors had also been forced to halt the works in last November for about two to three weeks in protest. "The pending payment of Rs 62 crore for the works completed prior to April 2018 was also cleared on the HC directions," he added.

Admitting that payments had been held up or delayed due to financial constraints, a senior official of the MC said its internal income sources such as house tax, licence fee, water and sewage supply, multiplex and fire tax and development charges had shrunk due to the Covid situation. The MC is dependent on the state government grants even to clear the routine expenses, including the staff salary, the official added.

"The pending payments, including those of the contractors, are likely to be cleared soon," says Yashpal Yadav, MC Commissioner.

from The Tribune

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