Contractors Threaten Mass Agitation, Demand Release of Rs 900 Cr

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Police on Thursday arrested dozens of contractors including Central Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCCC) office bearers who were demanding the release of pending bills.

JKCCCC held a protest demonstration at Press Colony Srinagar against what they called “the government’s failure” to release their bills which are pending with various departments since first quarter the current financial year.

As the protesting contractors started marching towards Lal Chowk, police swung into action and arrested dozens of contractors and ldged them in Kothi bagh Police station.

The protesters appraised the hardships the contractors are facing due to the non-clearance of the bills.

The contractors alleged that bills worth Rs 900 crore are pending with the various departments for since the start of the current financial year.

“Government is doing sheer injustice with contractors which are also affecting developmental works in the Valley. Bills worth Rs 900 crore are pending with government departments which are not released for unknown reasons,” they said.

They added that contractors have also suffered losses to the tune of Rs 150 crore due to last year floods which was not compensated so far by the government.

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