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HC issues notice to Nagaland Tourism for pending contract bills


DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 26: The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Nagaland Tourism Department over alleged failure to clear the pending bills of a Contractor.
Court record shows that the construction firm, Hongkam Construction, filed two separate petitions.
“Heard Mr. Moa Jamir, learned Counsel for the petitioner, who has filed this instant Writ Petition under Article 226 of the Constitution on the grounds that the petitioner had complied with the Work Order for execution of the work, for construction of Integrated Tourist Destination at Angphang, Nagaland, and had constructed the Budget Accommodation Part-I”, stated an order issued by Justice Marli Vankung.
The other petition was for Budget Accommodation Part-III of the same project. The monetary figures cited for both the cases were exactly the same.
“Accordingly the petitioner had completed the work, which was for the amount of Rs 40.43 lakh. While executing the work, part bill of work, amounting to Rs 11,11,263, was released to the petitioner for the work completed; however, the remaining pending bill of Rs 29,31,737 is still to be released by the State respondents.
“He also submits that though this work was initiated with the Ministry of Tourism along with the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Nagaland, the Ministry of Tourism had delinked themselves vide a letter dated February 13, 2017 and May 21, 2018 and therefore, the Ministry of Tourism is no longer involved in the payment of the pending bills, the sole responsibility is upon the State respondents”, stated the order.
The Counsel for the petitioner also informed the Court that he had submitted a representation to the State respondents for payment of the pending bills, the latest being on August 24, 2023.
“However, till date the respondents have not taken any steps for payment of pending bill. Hence, the Writ Petition.
“Having heard the submissions made by the learned Counsel, this Court finds it fit to issue notice upon the State respondents. Ms. S Mere accepts notice on behalf of the State respondents. Requisite copies of the writ petition to be furnished to the State respondents. List the matter after four weeks”, the order stated.
(Page News Service)