The National Highways & Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited has placed M / s Tarmat Ltd., (“EPC contractor”) on the Authority’s negative list for failing to meet agreed targets and poor progress on the project of the Jammu-Akhnoor road.
“In view of the unprofessional attitude of the EPC contractor towards its obligations in accordance with the provisions of the contractual agreement and the failure to meet the agreed objectives and the slowness and continued slowness of the works, NHIDCL places M / s Tarmat Ltd., on the Authority’s “negative list” for a period of 01 (one) year from the date of issue of this order or until it reaches milestone III, whichever comes first. contingency, ”said an order issued by the company.
Jammu Divisional Commissioner Dr Raghav Langer, who is closely monitoring the pace of work on the project, has warned the contracting company of additional measures if it does not achieve the desired results.
He said that according to the instructions of the office of the lieutenant governor, all development projects must be accelerated and a nonchalant approach will not be tolerated.
An order issued in this regard stated that M / s Tarmat Ltd had signed an EPC agreement on 07.06.2019 for the works of “4-lane upgrade with paved shoulder of the Jammu-Akhnoor road section of NH-144A of Ganesh Vihar (Km 6.000) to Khati Chowk (Km 26.350) of 20.350 Km in length in UT of Jammu and Kashmir to be executed on the basis of EPC (Package-Ill) “at the contract price of Rs.193.99 Cr., With a construction period of 24 months from the Date of Appointment, i.e. 12.07.2019 on the terms, conditions and commitments contained in the Contractual Agreement which are in force and remain in effect force.
The Authority, in fulfilling its obligations handed over the required sections of the project highway to the EPC contractor in accordance with the essential terms and conditions of the contractual agreement, the EPC contractor was obliged to undertake the ” investigation, investigation, design, engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance of the project and observe, fulfill and comply and perform its obligations set out in this contractual agreement and, in addition, follow the The contractual agreement and the obligations stipulated therein in all adherence, diligence and sincerity.
The date of achievement of the project milestones in accordance with the contractual agreement (Annex-J) is 23.03.2020 (MS-I i.e. 10%), 22.09.2020 (MS-II, i.e. 35%), 23.03.2021 ( MS- Sick, i.e. 70%) and 11.07.2021 (Expected completion date, i.e. 100%). However, the EPC contractor, in total disregard of the contractual stipulations, only achieved 30.73% financial progress as of 07/27/2021 and failed to achieve planned completion for all reasons, defects and violations which are solely attributable to the EPC contractor.
The EPC contractor failed to mobilize adequate resources, manpower, materials, machinery and plant and equipment, etc. to achieve the desired progress in accordance with the milestones set in accordance with Annex J of the contractual agreement. The EPC contractor failed to maintain the quality of the work in accordance with prescribed standards / specifications.
Relevantly, on the instructions of the office of the lieutenant governor, the divisional commissioner Jammu Dr Raghav Langer regularly reviewed the progress of the work and also carried out a site visit on June 6, 2021 to inspect the progress of the work. He expressed his dissatisfaction with the progress and gave strict instructions to the contractor to speed up the pace of the work and meet the agreed work targets. The Div Com also took note of the poor condition of the existing road and the contractor was tasked with maintaining the existing road so that commuters did not experience any inconvenience.
The Div Com was also informed that the land in the section was free of charge and that with the regular intervention of the Jammu district administrations, any bottlenecks, such as the issuance of short-term permits for the supply of minor minerals, were being resolved.
The Div Com ordered the contractor to speed up the progress of the work and the NHIDCL was asked to take appropriate action with regard to the contractors in the event of poor performance.
“The act of the EPC contractor is totally unethical and shows total disregard for his commitment made during review / conciliation meetings. Jammu and Kashmir due to the slowness of the execution of the project “, indicates the order.