Railways accuses MSRDC of defaulting payments; not cooperating in progress of works

Nagpur: The railways have accused the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation for not cooperating with it and defaulting on payments that has led to inordinate delay in starting the construction of Ram Jhula’s second phase. In an affidavit filed before the Nagpur bench of Bombay high court on Wednesday, divisional engineer of Central Railway in city, Prashant Nellikawar, informed that MSRDC had failed to pay total dues of Rs 2.37 crores as per its agreement for the project, of which Rs 11.66 crore are for the second phase. A division bench led by Justice Bhushan Gavai then asked the MSRDC to reply. The court was hearing a PIL filed by Nagpur Chamber of Commerce Limited (NCCL) for early completion of Ram Jhula, the six-lane cable-stayed railway overbridge near Santra Market, which was pending since last nine years.