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Contractors� strike to hit Gas Cracker work

By Ron Duarah

DIBRUGARH, March 22 � In what could be a major blow to the timely implementation of the Assam Gas Cracker Project being set up by Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited (BCPL), the BCPL Sub Contractors� Association (BCPLSCA) today served notice on the company that they would resort to an indefinite cease work from Wednesday morning. This would mean that all construction activity at the mega project would come to a standstill from Wednesday morning.

According to the BCPLSCA secretary Girin Chandra Gogoi, BCPL has not given heed to their numerous pleas and correspondences, for smooth construction activity at the Rs 5,400 crore project site, at Lepetkata near here. �We want to participate in nation building, but the BCPL prime contractors and the BCPL authorities want to torment us day in and day out,� he said. He added that their proposed agitation has the support from AASU, AJYCP, ATTSA and BCPL Shramik Union.

The sub contractors� major grouse is that at least three prime contractors, Vishal, Pratibha and EPIL and defaulting on payments, running into crores of rupees. They are also aggrieved that the BCPL authorities have not taken any step to recognize their association, which is duly registered with the government. The sub contractors also demand that their supplies and payments should be underwritten by BCPL, for assurance of timely settlement of bills.

A major demand of the sub contractors is that the BCPL should take the sub contractors� no objection certificates before clearing the prime contractors� running and final bills. Gogoi said his association is also demanding credential certificates for work done and supplies executed to the prime contractors. He said this would help in future participation in similar works by the sub contractors in direct tenders.

Raising a very pertinent question, the BCPLSCA has asked how the project cost of Rs 5400 crore is about to shoot up to Rs 9400 crore, and also asked who should be made responsible for this severe accounts projection lapse.

When contacted, the BCPL chief operating officer, Prabhu Nath Prasad said from New Delhi that he is aware of the developments and that he has asked his colleagues in BCPL and EIL (Engineers India Limited) in Dibrugarh to take immediate steps to take charge of the situation. He said that he has earlier spoken to the prime contractors to ensure that there is no obstacle to timely progress of construction activity at the project site.

The BCPLSCA has sent copies of their ultimatum to the BCPL to the Prime Minister�s Office, the Assam Industries Minister, the Dibrugarh district administration and also to Union DoNER minister, B K Handique.

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Contractors� strike to hit Gas Cracker work

DIBRUGARH, March 22 � In what could be a major blow to the timely implementation of the Assam Gas Cracker Project being set up by Brahmaputra Cracker & Polymer Limited (BCPL), the BCPL Sub Contractors� Association (BCPLSCA) today served notice on the company that they would resort to an indefinite cease work from Wednesday morning. This would mean that all construction activity at the mega project would come to a standstill from Wednesday morning.

According to the BCPLSCA secretary Girin Chandra Gogoi, BCPL has not given heed to their numerous pleas and correspondences, for smooth construction activity at the Rs 5,400 crore project site, at Lepetkata near here. �We want to participate in nation building, but the BCPL prime contractors and the BCPL authorities want to torment us day in and day out,� he said. He added that their proposed agitation has the support from AASU, AJYCP, ATTSA and BCPL Shramik Union.

The sub contractors� major grouse is that at least three prime contractors, Vishal, Pratibha and EPIL and defaulting on payments, running into crores of rupees. They are also aggrieved that the BCPL authorities have not taken any step to recognize their association, which is duly registered with the government. The sub contractors also demand that their supplies and payments should be underwritten by BCPL, for assurance of timely settlement of bills.

A major demand of the sub contractors is that the BCPL should take the sub contractors� no objection certificates before clearing the prime contractors� running and final bills. Gogoi said his association is also demanding credential certificates for work done and supplies executed to the prime contractors. He said this would help in future participation in similar works by the sub contractors in direct tenders.

Raising a very pertinent question, the BCPLSCA has asked how the project cost of Rs 5400 crore is about to shoot up to Rs 9400 crore, and also asked who should be made responsible for this severe accounts projection lapse.

When contacted, the BCPL chief operating officer, Prabhu Nath Prasad said from New Delhi that he is aware of the developments and that he has asked his colleagues in BCPL and EIL (Engineers India Limited) in Dibrugarh to take immediate steps to take charge of the situation. He said that he has earlier spoken to the prime contractors to ensure that there is no obstacle to timely progress of construction activity at the project site.

The BCPLSCA has sent copies of their ultimatum to the BCPL to the Prime Minister�s Office, the Assam Industries Minister, the Dibrugarh district administration and also to Union DoNER minister, B K Handique.