Bengaluru, India (Urban Transport News): In a major step to speed-up the work on Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) has terminated a civil contract awarded to Simplex Infrastructure Limited. The contract was terminated on the account of an inordinate delay in the execution of work by the construction firm.
BMRCL had awarded the aforesaid contract to Simplex Infrastructure Limited for the construction of two elevated Metro lines: 7.5 km Kalena Agrahara-Swagath Road Cross on Bannerghatta Road and the 3km Nagasandra-Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on Tumakuru Road in the year 2017. The work was supposed to be completed by 2019 according to the terms of the letter of acceptance (LoA) issued to the firm.
Simplex has completed only 35% of civil work on Bannerghatta Road and 68% on Tumakuru Road by December 2020. Now the work has been stalled by the firm due to the fund crisis and non-payment of wages to the workers because last year, United Bank of India, the leader of a consortium of 28 lenders, identified Simplex as a ‘non-performing asset’.
We’ve issued a termination notice since the elevated section was getting delayed as Simplex was unable to perform. BMRCL expects it to complete work on Tumakuru Road.