NEW DELHI (Metro Rail News): Development work on some major infrastructure projects in Delhi may continue from next week after the Centre granted conditional permission for such activity in fields where there were no coronavirus disease containment zones and if workers were available on-site.
The decision to release “in-situ” development has come as a relief to some govt of Delhi agencies due to any infrastructure projects have been stuck from last November when the development movement was banned because of high air pollution levels in the city.
That ban was lifted on 14th of Feb only to be reimposed when the nationwide lockdown was started on 25th of March. PM Narendra Modi has extended the lockdown till 3rd of May but some actions have been allowed to kick-start the economy and give job opportunities to regular-wage labourers.
The availability of labours can be a challenge because many thousand migrant workers moved from the city for their towns & villages after the lockdown was stated and work may continue at a slow pace, some big projects are set to continue, as per multiple officials aware of the developments.
“The available workers are not sufficient to run the projects at the pace. So this is expected that initially, the construction work would be slow. We would also have to understand how to get stuff as the factories are closed,” stated a senior Public Works Department official.
On Wednesday the Govt agencies started assessing the inventory of construction material & workers availability, another PWD official added. Delhi Metro Rail Co commenced the development work on Phase IV network in Haiderpur Badli Mor on Dec 31.
The Delhi Development Authority announced that it is imposing the situation and is expected to continue work at ten of its housing sites. “We would commence the work with whatever stock is available on the site,” stated DDA vice-chairperson, Tarun Kapoor.
There was the entirety of 1,578 COVID-19 cases in Delhi on Wednesday, also 56 blocks in the city have been revealed “containment zones”, in which the curbs are more stringent, all action in banned and necessary types of material are home-delivered by the govt.