KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation Contractor’s Association (KCCA) will launch an indefinite strike from May 29 in protest against the non-payment of arrears amounting to Rs 50 crore since August 2015. According to the office bearers of KCCA, the Corporation authorities also owe them arrears up to the tune of nearly Rs eight crore for 93 projects under People’s plan which they had implemented in 2016-17.
“It is really unfortunate that they are not even paying us the arrears due for Plan Fund projects. This has pushed the contractors into deep financial crunch,” said K A David, KCCA secretary .
He alleged it was the lackadaisical attitude of the Corporation authorities which had resulted in the present crisis. “There is enough money with the exchequer of the Corporation. But they are not ready to pay the dues which they owe to the contractors.
We had already submitted a complaint against the lethargic attitude of the Kochi Corporation secretary in this regard, with the authorities concerned. Earlier, the respective Corporation authorities had promised to settle the arrears due by March, every year. But now, even though we are going to complete May, the present council is yet to settle two year’s dues,” added T M Seythukunju, president of KCCA.
The contractors said they did not want to invite more loan trap by continuing Corporation’s work without getting the dues. “We will not undertake any new civil works for the Corporation from May 29,” they added.