PUNE (Metro Rail News): The Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MahaMetro) has terminated the contract of Hindustan Construction Company Ltd (HCC) and Al Fara’a a Joint venture was responsible for constructing Metro stations at Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
The reason stated for the discontinuation of services by these companies is “inconsistency” and “slow progress” of the work. Several employees at the senior level, as well as the ground level of HCC and Al Fara’a, had quit their jobs in last 10 months, citing that they were not receiving pay, which in turn had slowed down the execution of project work.
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In November 2017, MahaMetro had awarded a contract to infrastructure major HCC and the UAE-based Al Fara’a group together for building nine metro stations at Pimpri-Chinchwad, for Rs 497.07 crore. Nine days ago, this contract was given to the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, which has assured that results will be delivered on time.
“Work on nine stations — at Tukaram Nagar, Bhosari, Kasarwadi, Phugewadi, Dapoli, Bopodi, Khadki, Range Hills and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) — began approximately 1.5 years ago and was expected to be completed by the end of December 2019” Mr. Hemant Sonawane Said.
“It has been a few days since the contract handed over by MahaMetro to the two companies stands terminated due to slow progress. They failed to deliver the expected timeline and we were compelled to hand over the project to another company. For us to introduce the Metro at the soonest, it is essential that the companies to whom the project is awarded maintain consistency in their work. This was not the case with HCC-Al Fara’a. We had previously sent several notices asking them to speed up work” He added.
We tried reaching the companies’ spokespersons via email and phone calls, but no response was received. Last week, 100 employees who staged a protest against the joint venture over unpaid dues of six months were forcibly asked to resign and given an ultimatum of termination. Meanwhile, PCMC recently wrote to MahaMetro, asking it to speed up work so that easy traffic flow could be facilitated under civic limits once more.