Like our Facebook Page

Early Times Newspaper Jammu, Leading Newspaper Jammu
Breaking News :   Want normal political activity to resume in J&K: Ram Madhav | Minimum temperatures improve across Kashmir | Clogged drains put question mark on development claims, says Munish | Karnataka fails to score big as J&K trails by 118 runs on day 3 stumps | Sanjeevni Sharda Kendra organizes ‘Samoohik Shivratri Samaroh’ | Heritage School Organises Workshop on Global Citizenship Education | RMPS organises Inter-school badminton competition | Punjab faculty delivers extension lecture | Daughter of soil conferred with ‘ Zohra Sehgal National Award-2020’ | Farewell party for outgoing students organized | Valedictory programme on employability skill enhancement concludes | Intra- Zone Cricket Men tournament organized | DLSA Samba organises cricket coaching camp/tournament | JKNPP protests transportation of bovines to Manipur from Jammu Military farms | J&K Bank FC thrashes PDC by 6 goals to 1, clinches football championship | IECS Polytechnic celebrates “Matribasha Diwas” | DLSA Samba organises cricket coaching camp/tournament | JU organize national integration camp | J-K Institute, Canadian firm sign pact on cannabis research | YCET conducts online test under spoken tutorial project of IIT Bombay | Youth Congress stages protest over hike in LPG price | BMPS organizes annual day | Himalayan college organises sports week | 460 doctors , Nursing candidates selected for Certificate Programme for AB-HWC | National Tribal Youth exchange programme underway | NC in doldrums, father-son party left with no decision makers | 30 years on, a woman's struggle continues against Edu Deptt to get her job back | Amid talks of banning private practice by govt doctors, need is to regulate private clinics as well | Kashmir abuzz with sporting events as Jammu left idle by Govt! | Bukhari group, businessmen hold 'secret' meeting at Gulmarg | Ram Madhav meeting with Altaf Bukhari fuels rumours | Two LeT militants killed in encounter at Sangam-Bijbehara in Anantnag | In a bid to make JK incorruptible, LG’s Office seeks services of 150 IAS officers from Delhi | India issues travel advisory on Singapore | JKTJAC demands resolution of teaching fraternity' issues | Khidmat Centre professional welcomes announcement by PMO | China casts evil eye on the Union Territory of Ladakh | No country for women | Active militant of HM arrested in Pattan Baramulla, associate of LeT in Sopore | Languishing projects in Rajouri get breakthrough | 11 thieves arrested: 12 motor vehicles, 160 gm gold, mobile phone recovered | Cyber Police Station takes cognizance of threat to senior Police Officer received on Social Media; FIR Registered | Court sent six OGWs to 15 days judicial remand | Seven dead as passenger vehicle falls into gorge | Court rejects plea of JK Bank for releasing of documents | DC seeks short-term, long-term proposals for beautification of Jammu | Domicile law for J&K coming very soon: Dr Jitendra | SRO-202 employees’ delegation call on BJP state president | Div Com for strict implementation of anti-encroachment drive | PHE workers stage protest, strike enters 16th day | CB arrests fraudster for duping crores of rupees | Schools in Kashmir to re-open on February 24 | Placed on ground, PDD transformer poses threat | Tractor owners stage protest against Govt | DC holds extensive appraisal of land encroachments in Shalteng tehsil | Narcotic smuggler held with heroin | ADC inspects district hospital | Revenue Camp held at Kishtwar; 10 mutations attested on spot | Driver killed as truck falls into gorge in Ramban | 8 tippers seized for illegal mining | Jammu Paryatan to start bus service for Purmandal, Utter Behni Temples | DDC inspects works executed under B2V programme | Power shut down | Back Issues  
news details
SC stays 'status quo' on plea over Army Hospital Udhampur
1/25/2020 11:06:48 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 25: The Supreme Court has stayed the 'status quo' with regard to a multi-storied command hospital with latest facilities at Udhampur.
"Until further orders, status quo, as it exists today, shall remain stayed," a 3-judge bench of the top court headed by Chief Justice of India said.
The bench also comprising Justices B.R. Gavai and Surya Kant also issued a notice to Union of India on a petition by M/s Vijeta Projects & Industries Limited against the order by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court dismissing plea in which the company had challenged cancellation of its contract by the Chief Engineer, Military Engineering Services (MES) vide its order dated 18.03.2019. The company had challenged it primarily on the ground of arbitrariness.
As per the facts noted by the high court, pursuant to the approval accorded by the Government of India somewhere in November 2000, a Multi-Storied Command Hospital with latest facilities was planned for construction at Udhampur. This was done with a view to provide the most modern facilities in the Northern Command Headquarters at Udhampur, considering the fact that the State was confronted with militancy, leading to casualties, which required immediate and modern medical backup and facilities. Accordingly, the work was planned in two packages. The first package consisted of all Ancillary Buildings and External Services like provision of water supply, electric supply and also provision of a security wall to improve the security of the complex, while the second package consisted of Multi-Storied Command Hospital Building for 650 beds with space for Crisis Expansion for 200 beds.
It also provided for married accommodation for Officers, JCOs/OR & NOS and Single living accommodation for Officers/ Nursing Officers/ JCOs/OR & Trainees. Besides, it provided for unit accommodation for MNS Officers/JCOs Club/FWC & Religions Institute as well as all internal services.
The contract for second package came to be awarded to the M/s Vijeta Projects & Industries Limited and a contract agreement dated 27.01.2011 was executed for an amount of Rs. 185,11,70,691. According to the agreement, the contract had to be completed within a period of 27 months, commencing from 10.02.2011. The project, therefore, had to be completed by 09.05.2013.
According to the petitioner immediately after the sight was handed over, in the month of February, 2011, construction work was initiated at the site. It is alleged that during the course of execution, numerous changes were made in the scope of work as well as in the goods that were required to be used by the petitioner, which severely hindered the pace of execution of the work at site.
On the other hand, the Garrison Engineer denied the petitioner contentions and attributed the delay in the slow progress of work due to poor site management and lack of resources including material, labour, T&B. The petitioner, it said, was also informed that the changes were inevitable due to technical reasons, the requirement at the site and the interest of work to meet the functional requirement of the hospital project and amenities to be provided therein. It was however clarified that the changes were minimum and pertained to change in goods and material quality necessitated on account of upgradation and technology.
After hearing both the sides, the court while dismissing the petition had said: "Since the respondents without doubt would be interested in the early completion of the project, considering its relevance and importance and since the project in question has already taken more than 08 years and is yet far from completion, the step taken by the respondents in terminating the contract in question cannot be said to be in any manner arbitrary, which would warrant the exercise of extraordinary jurisdiction in setting aside the same."
  Share This News with Your Friends on Social Network  
  Comment on this Story  
Early Times Android App
BSE Sensex
NSE Nifty
Home About Us Top Stories Local News National News Sports News Opinion Editorial ET Cetra Advertise with Us ET E-paper
J&K Govt. Official website
Jammu Kashmir Tourism
Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board
Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board
Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board
Train Enquiry
Jammu Kashmir Bank
State Bank of India
Passport Department
Income Tax Department
IT Education
Web Site Design Services
Jammu University
Jammu University Results
Kashmir University
IGNOU Jammu Center