October 20, 2021

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NHAI slaps show cause notice on firm for alleged murder of authority engineer

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NHAI slaps show cause notice on firm for alleged murder of authority engineer
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NHAI slaps show cause notice on firm for alleged murder of authority engineer
NHAI slaps show cause notice on firm for alleged murder of authority engineer

NEW DELHI: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has slapped a show cause notice on E-5 Infrastructure asking it to respond why the company should not be blacklisted and barred from participating in future bidding. The managing director of the infrastructure firm was arrested last month for alleged murder of an authority engineer in Jaipur.
Sources said the highways authority issued the notice last week and has set a deadline for the company to send its response. “After getting their response we will decide the next course of action. Every step is being taken considering the legal aspects,” said an official, who did not wish to be named.
Last month, the executive committee of the NHAI headed by its chairman had taken the decision to send a strong message to the industry by taking a strong action against the construction company. But the highways authority considered all legal aspects before serving the notice as the matter is now before the court.
The murder of 63-year-old Rajendra Chawla and arrest of five persons including the construction company’s MD had sent shockwave across the construction industry. Police had claimed that the main accused had developed animosity towards Chawla as he had refused to approve a design prepared by the company for foot over bridges on the Gurgaon-Jaipur highway.
The company had bagged the bid to build 14 foot over bridges on this stretch at a cost of Rs 35 crore. When the company couldn’t complete the work in the one year deadline due to design issues, the NHAI had imposed a penalty of Rs 3.5 crore.

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