Solanki said: ‘‘M/s Brahmaputra and M/s A K Mehta were working on eight towers each. Earlier this month both wrote to us saying they cannot complete the work on time. So we are looking at other ways to get it done. Going by the present situation, 476 flats will be ready by the third week of August and another 128 will be ready by end-August. Some more may be complete but it is difficult to commit right now.’’
Interestingly, sources say when the work was awarded to the two agencies, the original plan was to incorporate 1% penalty for delays. However, the agencies managed to get a waiver on the ground that DDA’s lethargic way of functioning had already caused them to lose three months. DDA vice chairman had at the same meeting also informed the GoM that the authority was planning to get additional labor from non-CWG sites shifted to Vasant Kunj to speed up the pace of work which was to be monitored on a daily basis. The agencies walking out have put a spanner in the works. The GoM had talked about options of blacklisting defaulting contractors but DDA sources say that now the priority is to get work back on track rather than penalizing errant agencies.