Mumbai road contractor says heavy rain washed away raw material, delayed work
Unitech Construction said its one-year contract was terminated before the September 29 deadline without considering the issues at handmumbai Updated: Oct 04, 2017 09:50 IST
Even as tenders for repair work at Bandra’s Carter Road have been floated again, the contractor, who was blacklisted last month, has decided to move court citing a list of issues that arose in the year he got the contract.
Unitech Construction said its one-year contract was terminated before the September 29 deadline without considering the issues at hand.
“The authorities inaugurated the work only in January this year after which we started the work. There was a delay in getting the clearance from the mangrove cell, which pushed the work two months further,” said Ravi Shetye, a representative of Unitech, adding that the company has worked on sea fronts like Dahanu, Vasai and Ratnagiri for about 15 years and never faced any such problem.
Shetye also claimed that the materials kept on the promenade had washed away during heavy rain, causing a delay of four months, and the desired material had to be ordered from Karnataka.
“We have approached the court to send a legal notice to the Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB). We want to complete the work as we now have the materials.”
An official from MMB said there was no progress in the work after May and the work debris was inconveniencing citizens. “The tender has been posted online and a new contractor shall be assigned in the next 8-10 days. This time, the contractor shall be given only six months to complete the remaining work,” said MMB officials, adding that Unitech is not the first company to be blacklisted.
Arjun Chhabria, trustee of Bandra West Residents’ Association (BWRA), said the contractor assured them the Rs1.7-crore work would be completed, but only delayed it further. “The contractor is giving excuses now.”
“What was the contractor doing from January to September? He was told to start the work earlier too,” said local corporator Swapna Mhatre.