Bills delayed for 11 months; BSNL contract works stopped
Thrissur: Contractors have stopped completing the works of BSNL (Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited) after the centre stopped allotting fund. The contract works in electrical, civil and optical fibre divisions were stopped.
The contractors in many states have withdrawn from the contract. It is learnt that almost Rs 100 crore is yet to be paid to the contractor of all divisions in Kerala.
The bills dated post-July 2018 in which 18 percent GST is added are pending. In PWD, the GST is only 12 percent. Since BSNL is a company, the GST became 18 percent. The contractors in Kerala are yet to get bills worth Rs 25 lakh - 1 crore cleared.
It has been more than a month since the contractors stopped the works in civil division. They decided to stop the works in electrical division on May 15. The electrical work except for the AC plant operation in the main exchanges in the districts have been stopped.
If the AC plant stopped working, it will affect the information and broadcasting. The contractors said that they will proceed with the works suffering loss because it is an essential service. They said they would stop the AC plant operation as well if funding is not finalised within May 31.
The maintenance of mobile towers also is managed by the electrical contractors. This also has been stopped and is likely to affect the transmission of signals shortly. This will push BSNL into a more complicated state.
The problem can be resolved only if the telecom department allots fund. BSNL claims that the bills will be cleared once the new government comes to power.