CREDAI MCHI requests facilitate return of migrant construction workers
The request has been made to the Maharashtra government and Indian Railways, while reviving MMR realty
In separate letters addressed to the Maharashtra government and Indian Railways, CREDAI MCHI urged the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Uddhav Thackeray and the Railway Minister, Piyush Goyal to help provide necessary logistical means for migrant construction workers to return to the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
With more than 75% of migrant workers still stuck in their native regions with minimal avenues to return, the dearth of labourers is aggravating the ongoing industry slowdown and proving to be a major pain point for real estate developers to resume construction activities and revive the realty sector in MMR. In order to curtail the issue, CREDAI MCHI has requested the state government and Indian Railways to help facilitate affordable and convenient means of railway transportation for workers, primarily from states including UP, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, and Odisha.
Amidst low demand and limited availability of cash flow for developers during Covid-19, Indian real estate has come to a grinding halt ever since the lockdown was imposed across the country. Owing to the limited movement of goods and raw materials, the sector has also been riddled with the issue of unfinished projects. The lack of migrant labourers on site has further worsened the situation with a number of real estate developers facing major challenges to resume construction activities.
Conscious of the perilous circumstances amid the pandemic, CREDAI MCHI and its developer members have also mandated a number of safety measures at their construction sites to ensure the adherence of all Government protocols: Social distancing Training and protocols to be followed with temperature checks before commencing work; weekly visit of a doctor on site for regular medical check-ups of workers; regular fumigation of staircases, lifts, helmets to maximize safety; taggered meal times to avoid unnecessary crowding; and special quarantine facility for any worker who has tested Covid positive or is showing symptoms.
Deepak Goradia, president, CREDAI MCHI, said, “CREDAI MCHI has consistently been at the fore of providing necessary support to all industry stakeholders. At a time when the industry at large is suffering from the consequences of the pandemic, we request the state government and Indian Railways to provide the necessary logistical support in order to get the workers back to MMR, thereby enabling us to resume work within the safe environment that has been set up at the construction sites. Currently, the shortage of labourers is an extremely critical issue and needs the immediate attention of the authorities. With real estate and infrastructure largely considered to be the backbone of the Indian economy, the industry requires more definitive support from the eco-system.”