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CONTRACTORS’ DISPUTE COULD DELAY SEA LINK

The much-awaited Bandra Worli Sea Link, scheduled for a May-June opening, could well be further delayed by another five to six months, with crucial sub-contractors threatening to pull out of the project following disputes among them, the state government and consultant firm Dar Consultants. In its eighth year of construction, the much-awaited infrastructure showpiece the Bandra Worli sea link is running behind schedule by four years and the cost of the project has escalated four-fold from Rs 400 Crore to Rs 1,600 crore. Of the three agencies threatening to pull out, Roman Tarmat Ltd was about to bag a contract for the Polymer Modified Bitumen surfacing to provide a waterproof road. It has expressed its “inability to execute the work” owing to reasons beyond its control. According to sources, the agency backed out of the project following allegedly unreasonable conditions on the warranty period for the product from the consultant. Meanwhile, the state government swung into action to resolve the issues that would severely impact the fate of the project. Chief Secretary Johny Joseph called a meeting of officials of Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), HCC and the consultants to sort out the issue.

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