By Our Staff Reporter
LAHORE: More than 60 contractors and suppliers of the Ring Road Project staged a demonstration on Wednesday at the Lahore Press Club against the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) over nonpayment of approximately Rs30 million to the suppliers.
Speaking on the issue, Arshid Ali Liaqat, a small company owner, said the Ring Road construction project (2016-2017) started from State Life to Mohlanwal and initially the project was awarded to two major contractors, Al-Noor and Din Sons. Later, small suppliers and companies were also invited and given tasks for supplying various material included sand, concretes, cement etc by FWO via joint adventure under (Unit 142 RMB) along with Al-Noor and Din Sons contractors for speedy construction of the project, he added. Liaqat said all suppliers and constructors worked day and night for early completion of Ring Road project according to the commitments by all individual suppliers, Liaqat added. He further expressed that the project was completed on September 22, 2017 due to participation of all small suppliers and contractors.
Muhammad Ayub, another affectee, while talking Daily The Business said around seven months have passed, but the FWO’s authorities are reluctant to pay remaining amount to the suppliers. He claimed FWO has received billions of rupees from tax from toll tax but they are not being paid their remaining dues.
Another protester, Raza Khan said his company was working with the FWO and supplying machinery on rent including grander, shift roller, plain roller etc.
Khan said he had visited Main FWO Gajjumatta office many times in the last eight months for remaining amount of Rs 3.2 million.
He said nobody is ready to listen and give any confirmation call of time and date him about remaining payment. He also claimed that sine morning to evening asked them for waiting and informed through security person please visit tomorrow and this practices is being continued from last eight months.
Similarly, Mian Munir & Sons’ owner Wilayat Ali Shah said his company was bound to provide crushing, sub base and water bound material for RRP according to deal while he also failed to collect his remaining amount of Rs5 million.
When contacted a senior official of FWO, he said while seeking anonymity that FWO has neither defaulted any payment nor it has to reimburse any payments. He said it is very much clear that FWO has cleared all payments of the project and is not responsible if the local or small suppliers and contractors had provided any supply to those two companies Din Sons & Al-Noor.