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Contractors on Warpath, Public Work to be in Limbo

Public work in the city is expected to stall, as the contractors of Kochi Corporation  are planning to strike work in protest against the non-payment and delayed clearance of outstanding bills.

Published: 06th February 2014 08:13 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2014 08:13 AM   |  A+A-

Public work in the city is expected to stall, as the contractors of Kochi Corporation  are planning to strike work in protest against the non-payment and delayed clearance of outstanding bills.

Public work in the city  had come to a standstill when the contractors had gone on a strike around Onam last year. It is estimated that the Corporation still has to pay up dues to the tune of `32 crore to contractors. The amount is due for 32 years, said the contractors.

The Contractors’ Forum and Contractors’ Association claimed in a press meet here on Tuesday that the Corporation has to pay `10 crore for cleaning public canals, `10 crore in the spill over funds category, and another `10 crore for the electrical and building maintenance. 

The contractors said that Corporation’s inefficiency has put them in dire straits.

They said that while works amounting to `56 crore are being carried out, only `75 lakh has been allotted in the Corporation budget under the division fund for each wards.

Contractors’ association president M R Chandranpilla, general secretary M J Saimon, Contractors’ Forum Trustee Venu Karukkapilly and general secretary K A Saidu Muhammad were among those who spoke.

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