NHIDCL cracks the whip on 4-lane contractors

NHIDCL cracks the whip on 4-lane contractors
DC Dimapur, Kevin Zehol with NHIDCL officials inspecting the works on April 26, 2019. (DIPR File)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/23/2019 11:27:58 AM IST

In a major development, the Executive Director (P), RO-NE of National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) on June 18, 2019, has written to the Director (T) NHIDCL, New Delhi, recommending ‘Notice for Intention to Terminate’ the contract work awarded in 2016 to M/s RAMKY -ECI (JV) engaged in the four-lane project (138 Km to 152 Km) after show cause notice was issued in the month of April 2019.

M/s RAMKY-ECI (JV) has also been issued a notice by the GM (Projects) BO-Dimapur on April 25, 2019.

In the June 18, 2019 letter, the Executive Director (P), RO-NE,NHIDCL, recommended termination of contract of M/s RAMKY-ECI (JV), since the firm had defaulted various contract clauses and failed to remedy them despite having been issued with ‘Cure Notices’.

The ED(P) pointed out that M/s RAMKY-ECI(JV) had failed to remedy the defaults such as cracked/failure of newly laid DBM, Quality Assurance Plan and Internal Quality System at the work sites. The firm failed to achieve the scheduled progress of Miletsone-III(80%) by February 2019 as committed by the minister of MoRTH. It was also mentioned that the firm executed works worth only Rs.53 crore against the scheduled worth of Rs.95 crore (October 2018 to March 2019).

Further, M/s RAMKY-ECI(JV) was found to have failed to deploy critical resources such as heavy duty stone crusher, HMP plant within the stipulated time, leading to further delays. Also the firm had also failed to submit plans for slope protection till date despite several reminders. The firm was also found to have failed to rectify defects in the Dense Bituminous Macadam (DBM) layer in spite of Cure Notice issued.

According to the ED(P), the physical progress of the work undertaken was only 1.57 per cent per month in eight months of peak working season from October 2018 to May 2019.The ED(P) said at the rate of progress, the work will take another minimum of 18 months (3 calendar years) to complete the work.

In view of the continued default to proceed with the work in accordance with the provisions of the contractual agreement, and despite several notices and meetings for timely execution, the ED(P) recommended that the contract given to M/s RAMKY-ECI(JV) be terminated at the earliest.

Even the other firm, M/s Gayatri Projects Ltd. has run behind schedule as per a notice issued by GM (Projects) BO-Dimapur . The notice pointed out that instead of construction of one major bridge and four minor bridges, the firm has so far constructed only one minor bridge and no visible sign of activity for construction of the remaining bridges.

It may be pointed out that state chief minister Neiphiu Rio had expressed dissatisfaction with the tardy progress of the construction works for the four-lane NH 29 from Dimapur to Kohima, there has been little effect. He had also met with the contractors to speed up the progress. Rio had even approached Nitin Gadkari, minister in-charge of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) to speed up the work which has been dogged by delays.

Source said Rio had also suggested that the 4-lane highway be formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi by January 2020.


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