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Contractors seek LG’s intervention to get pending bills cleared

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Contractors Coordination Committee (JKCCC) Wednesday appealed the administration to release their bills worth crores of rupees pending with various departments since 2014.

JKCC president, Ghulam Jeelani Purza, said the present and erstwhile state governments made them run from pillar to post to demand their payments pending with various government departments including PHE, JKTDC and I & FC released since 2014.

“2014 devastating deluge damaged infrastructure worth hundreds of crores in Jammu and Kashmir. It was a contractor who borrowed loan from a bank to bring life back on track in the erstwhile state but it’s unfortunate that our pending bills worth hundreds of crores have not been cleared yet,” said Purza addressing a press conference here.

Purza said 4,400 kilometer roads, 2265 bridges, 165 footbridges, government buildings including schools and hotels were completely damaged due to the devastating flood across Jammu and Kashmir. He said the contractors have not been able to repay loan amounts they had borrowed from banks to undertake developmental works after the 2014 flood.

“Work on several central government projects including CRF is pending as the government has not been able to clear our pending bills. We have been running from pillar to post since 2014 to get our pending bills cleared,” he added.

Purza appealed to the Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha to intervene and get their pending bills cleared so that they are able to pay off their loans.“We appeal to Lieutenant Governor of Jammu and Kashmir to kindly help us get our bills cleared which are pending with various government departments for the last more than six years,” he said.

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