NMC to release Rs 64 cr to clear dues of contractors

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Nov 2018 10:06:13


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Also to clear Rs 14.72 crore dues of Aapli Bus contractors, Rs 10.40 crore of water tanker contractors and Rs 13.67 crore of other agencies working with it by Diwali

Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) will release around Rs 64 crore towards pending payment of the contractors. Standing Committee has taken the decision to disburse funds of Rs 150 crore received from the State Government.
Virendra Kukreja, NMC’s Standing Committee chief, while talking to mediapersons after a meeting of the committee, stated that presently, around Rs 162 crore dues of contractors are pending. The committee has decided to release 40 per cent of the total dues.

Kukreja also said that all payment would be released by Diwali. “We will spread joy of Diwali festivity among every person working with the local body,” he added.
It may be mentioned that contractors are agitating for last several weeks for their dues pending with the civic body.
Meanwhile, the Standing committee has decided to release pending dues of Rs 14.72 crore to contractors of Aapli Bus. Kukreja said, “We are releasing 100 per cent payment of Transport Department.”

Civic body will also release payment of Rs 13.67 crore to other agencies working with the NMC. The committee has also cleared the proposal to release 40 per cent payment out of total Rs 10.40 crore to the contractors of water tankers. The committee will also release payment of Rs 3 crore out of total dues of Rs 8.47 crore for JNNURM works.

Kukreja also said that the committee has resolved to release 50 per cent payment of cement concrete roads Phase I and II. Total pending bills of cement roads is Rs 28 crore. He has directed the officers concerned to reserve Rs 30 crore for payment to the contractors and also Rs 15 crore for Bhandewadi and Rs 10 crore for Bio-Mining works.
It may be added that the State Government has issued directives to release Rs 150 crore as special financial assistance to the NMC, recently.

Earlier directives had some technical problems, therefore, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis gave special favour to NMC and changed some of the clauses to reduce some financial burden of the civic body.

Meanwhile, NMC had generated revenue of Rs 238 crore from its source during last six months while it has received Goods and Services Tax (GST) grants of Rs 368 crore and government grants of Rs 66.36 crore till September end. NMC has collected Rs 111.21 crore as property tax, Rs 71 crore as water charges, Rs 27 crore from Town Planning Department and Rs 24 crore from other sources.