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.