Jal Jeevan Mission Tenders Worth Rs 100 Crore Cancelled

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Srinagar- A week after cancellation of tenders worth Rupees 100 crores of the Jal Shakti Department in the Bandipora district, senior officials of the department have said that they are reviewing the matter and would arrive at a resolution soon.

Haris Ahmad Handoo, Special Secretary to Government, while assuring the resolution of the matter added that the signature of the district treasury officer who has been appointed as the member of the Jal Shakti Contract committee remained pending.

"We have asked the Executive Engineer to submit his report about the reasons of the pending signature of the concerned official", he told a local news agency. "I will again talk to the concerned officials about the same and will try to solve the matter on immediate basis.”

The JJM is among the flagship schemes launched of the Government of India that seeks to provide a drinking water connection to every rural household by the year 2024. The cancellation of the works worth 100 crores comes as a setback.

Last Monday the Jal Shakti Department in Bandipora had cancelled all the tenders, estimated to be worth around 100 crores, for which contractors had deposited lakhs of rupees under bank guarantee for acquiring loans for carrying out the works for the same.

Officials of the department provided no clear reason for the termination of the tender. However.

The contractors are anguished as they say they have suffered huge losses due to cancellation of these tenders. The contractors seek the intervention of the Lieutenant Governor into the matter.

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