APSEZ, Dharti fined over Dahej-Ghogha ferry service dredging points, says Gujarat authorities

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THE STATE authorities Tuesday advised the Legislative Meeting 5 complaints have been acquired over lack of standard dredging for the Dahej-Ghogha Ro-Ro ferry service within the final two years and fines have been imposed on Adani Ports and Particular Economic Zone (APSEZ) and Ms Dharti Dredging and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd on this regard.

In a written reply to Congress MLA Gyasuddin Sheikh’s query in the course of the Query Hour on the quantity spent on dredging for the Dahej-Ghogha ferry service over the last two years, the federal government said in Rs 30.85 crore was spent on dredging in 2019 and Rs 7.80 crore was spent in 2020.

In response to supplementary questions requested by the Congress MLA, the federal government stated that 5 complaints had been acquired towards the contractors, who got the duty of dredging throughout this two-year interval. When requested what steps have been taken towards the erring corporations, the federal government said Rs 85 lakh was recovered from upkeep dredging contractor, APSEZ, in high quality for failing to complete the work on time. As well as, the federal government additionally suspended the final cost of Rs 20.67 crore since January 2020, it stated. The federal government said that a committee has additionally been shaped to look into the cost subject.

Aside from APSEZ, the federal government has confiscated the efficiency financial institution assure and retention financial institution assure, price Rs 27.75 crore, from capital dredging contractor, Dharti Dredging and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd.

The Hyderabad-based Dharti Dredging was given a capital dredging contract of Rs 192 crore plus taxes, whereas APSEZ had a contract of Rs 46.06 crore plus taxes. Along with these two corporations, M/s Divine Delivery Service was given a pontoon dredging contract of Rs 37 lakh plus taxes.

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The Indian Categorical had earlier reported the Ghogha-Dahej ferry service has been suspended since March 2020 on account of points associated to dredging. The ferry operator had complained a number of occasions concerning the lack of depth to function the vessel.
In November final 12 months, the federal government launched the Ghogha-Hazira ferry service the place the ferry operator from the Ghogha-Dahej route was roped in.

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