‘BBMP is poor to pay contractors’

Published: 17th October 2012 12:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th October 2012 12:10 PM   |  A+A-

Demanding immediate payment of `2,000 crore dues, civil contractors threatened to stop all ongoing civil works and created ruckus at BBMP head office on Tuesday.

Six hundred civil contractors participated in the dharna. They gheraoed Commissioner Rajneesh Goel at his office and shouted slogans against him.

When they demanded Goel to release pending bill amount, he snubbed it saying he is a ‘useless’ officer and BBMP is poor to pay them.

Irked by his remarks, some contractors broke the window panes and police were summoned to handle the situation.

Contractors, however went to the Commissioner’s chamber, and demanded to pay at least six months’ bill amount out of the one year pending bills. 

“We have requested Electrical contractor not to switch on street light from Wednesday and garbage contractor not to lift waste from houses,” a contractor who did not wish to reveal his name told Express.

He also said that many civil works including widening of Mysore Road, lake development and other works will be stopped.

When contacted, Goel said he said is meeting the Finance Department officials to get at least `1,200 crore to clear their bills.

“Once we get clearance from them, contractors’ bills will be cleared,” he said.


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