Money crunch: Jalandhar civic body owes Rs 23 crore to city contractors
Even though majority of projects under municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) are either funded by the state or the central government, still the civic body here is unable to pay the city contractors, for road works carried out in past two years.punjab Updated: Apr 19, 2017 14:14 IST
Even though majority of projects under municipal corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) are either funded by the state or the central government, still the civic body here is unable to pay the city contractors, for road works carried out in past two years.
As per the details obtained by the civic office, it owes around Rs 23 crore to city-based contractors for different road and maintenance works carried out since 2015. The majority of the works include road patching, carpeting and repair and maintenance works. City-based contractors have informed that MC has not released payments from past four months. Earlier MC used to pay contractors periodically, gradually clearing the pending payments, but the practice has stopped. Around 70 contractors are currently working under the municipal corporation.
The pending amount mentioned above does not include the works that contractors have done under Urban-Rural Regeneration Mission (URRM) since last April. Contractors here informed,“MC has cleared all the payments for the work carried out under the URRM mission.” Chief minister (CM) Captain Amarinder Singh after coming to power had announced in March that the work done so far under Urban Rural Regeneration Mission will be reviewed.
Currently, no work under the mission is in progress and the funds have also been withheld. When contacted president Municipal Contractors Association Jalandhar ,Avtar Singh, he agreed to the fact the contractors have been facing problems in getting pending payments. Singh said, “The association members approached mayor Sunil Jyoti on many occasions but the latter did not shown any concern to their problems.”
An MC official on the condition of anonymity said, “Such problems can be witnessed in almost all the municipal corporations of other states. “The municipal corporations are facing difficulty to even pay salary to the staff members,” told an MC official.As per information MCJ is unable to manage its office expenses and salaries of employees with the revenue generated. It has become a challenge for them to spend on development works of the city.