Real estate developers have restarted construction work at over 100 projects in the National Capital Region. The work resumed after getting permission from local authorities and fulfilling government mandated conditions.
As per the guidelines, construction activities in urban areas will be limited to in-situ construction, where workers are available on site and no workers are required to be brought in from outside, and construction of renewable energy projects. One of the government guidelines include sharing worker details and making provisions for isolation rooms and doctors at sites.
The developers are also taking precautions to protect workers from Covid-19 infection. Developers who have started the construction work again in NCR are Signature Global, Supertech and Raheja among others.
“We have hand sanitisers in every office entrance while manual spray sanitisers and portable hand sanitisers are being used by all contractors to sanitise machines, tools and metallic parts. Even the operators and helpers are using rubber hand gloves sanitised before and after completion of job,” ET quoted Pradeep Aggarwal, the chairman of Gurgaon-based Group, as saying.
The group has received permission to restart work at seven projects in Gurgaon and one in Karnal. “We have prepared a video message and detailed standard operating procedures are in place,” said the chairman of Noida-based Supertech group, RK Arora.
It has got approvals for projects in Noida and Gurgaon. The Delhi-based Raheja group has started work on Kathputli colony, an in-situ project with the DDA.
“Work has started on full scale and we are following all protocols of safety and distancing. Holding back labour is certainly a challenge as everyone wants to be with his family. We are looking at absorbing more manpower from within Delhi and have requested for transfer of skilled workers languishing in shelter camps,” chairman Navin Raheja said.
The companies have imposed a ban on gutka, pan masala, pan and any form of tobacco at their sites to avoid unnecessary spitting and maintaining basic hygiene. Developers will also need to ensure that social distancing is maintained at sites and will need to find ways and means of achieving it. For basic hygiene and safety precautions, companies can regularly sanitise sites and provide labourers with masks, soap and sanitisers for washing hands frequently.