The Military Engineer Services Builders Association of India (MESBAI) – responsible for addressing construction requirements of the three wings of the defence services – has announced in a press conference that it would stop all construction activities if the dues amounting to ₹ 1,600 crore in total, were not paid by the government.
“The construction, maintenance and renovation work at various defence buildings will be stopped due to non-clearance of dues worth ₹ 1,600 crore. Also, lakhs of construction workers will become unemployed if the contractors are not paid their dues,” MESBAI president Praveen Mahana said.
Issues pertaining towards non-clearance of dues was raised with the Engineer-in-Chief, MoS Defence, Defence Minister and the PMO. Protests were also staged in February, however, “the government has not given any relief till date,” Mahana added.
Further protests are being planned for the 29th and 30 of October, if the situation were to continue.