Construction Activity To Be Allowed Where Labourers Are Living On Site
The Maharashtra Governmnet guidelines have stated that construction activity to be allowed only for sites where labourers are living on site.
By Varun Singh
From Monday serious restrictions have been imposed by the Maharashtra governmennt to tackle the growing COVID 19 positive numbers.
With Weekend Lockdown in place and even during day not more than 5 people together being allowed. There are some do’s and don’t’s for the construction industry too.
Construction activity to be allowed only for sites where labourers are living on site.
Movement to and for from outside must be avoided except for the puprose of material movements.
Everyone engaged in the activity to get vaccinated at the earliest as per criteria of Government of India.
Till they get vaccinated, must carry a negative RTPCR test result certificate which will bbe valid for 15 days, (This rule will come into effect from April 10, 2021).
Defaults will lead to a fine of Rs 10,000 for the developer of the construction site and rpeated defaults may lead to closure of the site till existence of notificationn of COVID 19 epidemic.
If a construction worker is found psotiive he or she would be allowed medical leave and cannot be discontinued during this absence for this reason.
The construction worker shall be entitled for full wages that he or she might have earned had he or she not contacted Corona.
This means at sites where the developer has made arranngement for the construction workers only those project shall be functional.
According to many developer most construction workers are still in Mumbai.
Ashok Mohanani, President, NAREDCO Maharashtra when asked, whether workers are movinng out? He said, “No migrant workers are very much at work.”
His feelings were echoed by Rajesh Prajapati of CREDAI MCHI. Prajapati when asked whether migrant workers are again going back, he said, “No, not yet, some workers had gone for Holi, this an annual phenomenon and nothing to do with Corona. We expect few to fo in April and May for season of marriages.”
However, Anand Gupta, Spokesperson for Builder Association of India had a bit different view to the question of whether construction workers were returning back.
Gupta said, “Partially yes, actually they are under fear, that again there can be lockdown and they will be without work and pay. They can again get trapped. They are also under their family pressure.”