Consequently, many contractors have incurred massive losses.The high-powered committee had sanctioned Rs 15 crore towards Dasara celebrations in 2017. Under the existing system, funds for Dasara celebrations are released by the Kannada and culture department.A contractor told TOI that officials had failed in getting the government to release the required funds. “If this continues, we will be forced to opt out of Dasara-related events,” he said.Queried about the delay in settlement of dues to contractors, deputy commissioner Abhiram G Sankar told TOI, “The government has many commitments. Some contractors said that they had borrowed huge sums of money, and were still paying interest. However, the government later scaled down the amount to Rs 9 crore.
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