The Mada headquarters in Dhanbad on Tuesday. (Gautam Dey)
Good news for Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) employees.
The cash-strapped civic body is all set to recover pending dues to the tune of Rs 2.62 crore from BCCL for water supply in colliery areas.
The BCCL authorities in an affidavit last week informed Jharkhand High Court that it was ready to pay the sum.
Confirming the development, Mada managing director Ravindra Singh on Tuesday said: “The amount is likely to be received within a week or two.”
The amount will be used to pay Mada employees, both past and present, who have filed cases against the authorities in court for realisation of the same. This includes pending salaries, provident fund and dearness allowance of existing staff and retirement benefits of former hands.
“However, preference will be given to those who need the money for expenses like daughter’s marriage, medical treatment or children’s higher education,” Singh said.
The Mada managing director requested such employees to submit applications so that it could be disposed off on priority basis.
Notably, BCCL and Mada were engaged in a legal battle for a long time.
The coal major had argued before the court that water from the mine pits owned by it had been supplied to the colliery areas. Then why should it pay for its own water?
Mada authorities countered the point claiming that the ground water was not the BCCL’s property. Besides, water had been supplied after filtration and transportation, for which Mada had incurred huge expenses.
The court gave its ruling in favour of Mada.
But Mada had originally claimed Rs 3.76 as past dues. The coal major agreed to cough out Rs 2.62 crore only.
To decide upon the remaining amount, the court constituted a five-member committee headed by Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar and comprising two representatives each of Mada and BCCL.