Russia Co Fails to Pay, Chennai Metro Work in Limbo

Published: 19th May 2015 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th May 2015 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Work on Chennai Metro Rail on the Parrys-Saidapet line was in a state of impasse for the 20th consecutive day, after the sub-contractors stopped work, protesting that the Russian company had not paid them nearly Rs 30 crore.

Angry members of Chennai Vendors Association beseiged the CMRL office on Monday and submitted a formal complaint to the senior officials charging that Mosmetro India, the Indian arm of the Russian firm, owed them `28.65 crore.

Protestors said two Russian officials from Mosmetro India, in-charge of the work, absconded on April 30.

A local supplier to the company who was part of the protest, said on condition of anonymity that formal complaints to CMRL and city police failed to bring about any action. He added that the protests would continue until CMRL took action. This issue of non-payment of dues was something that the vendors faced for over two years, he added.

Another supplier claimed a letter had been sent to the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Chennai on May 13 to apprise them of the development. But they were yet to hear from the Russian officials.

Mosmetro India has not issued any statements or responded on the matter.

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