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Mumbai firm accused of financial offence
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: A Mumbai-based engineering firm has been accused of refusing to dole out payments to a West Kameng contractor for work it had done for the 6,000-megawatt Kameng Hydro Electric Project.
The All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) has written to NEEPCO, the public sector unit executing the project, claiming that Patel Engineering Limited is refusing to pay the West Kameng-based JM Enterprise, a firm it had sub-contracted the supply of boulders for the project.
The letter alleged that Patel Engineer owes JM Enterprise a sum amounting to Rs 5.60 crore. It claimed that Patel Engineering had already drawn its payment from NEEPCO for the project and that instead of paying the local contractor, the firm is now “resorting to legal riggings and harassment”.
“The local contractor who really lives through their limited earning has been made to suffer for the last five years,” the letter read.
The AACWA further alleged that not only is the Mumbai-based company unwilling to pay, it is also “resorting to tricky tactics to avoid payment and abscond from the state as the project is on the verge of completion”.
It said that such behaviour is characteristic of “big corporate houses executing multi-crore construction projects in the state” and that they have a “habit of victimising small local contractors and suppliers”.
The association said that the move is a ‘serious offence’ and that “the attitude of Patel Engineering is irresponsible”. It said that it “shall not tolerate” such acts and called for NEEPCO to intervene by stopping payment to the firm until a commitment to settle the issue is given by Patel Engineering.
The project is set to be commissioned by this year.