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Lockdown effect: Construction industry bears brunt of modern day exodus

The lockdown-triggered joblessness has forced a reverse migration of thousands of guest workers from Tamil Nadu resulting in the workforce across various sectors in the state dwindling, with the construction industry in particular bearing the brunt of the modern day exodus.

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  • The retrenchment includes 80 to 90 persons ranging from a DGM till Vice President level over the last fortnight. JCB India has a total workforce strength of 8000 people, which includes 4000 permanent employees...The employment of a sizable number of contractual and temporary workers has also been discontinued.

    However, developers fear that despite easing on construction ban, it will be difficult to convince workers to stay if they have the option of going back. They also say that projects may take some more time to effectively take off till sufficient workforce could be brought in.

    Construction groups have received permission to restart work in the National Capital Region, after getting permission from local authorities and fulfilling government mandated conditions.​​ The companies have imposed a ban on gutka, pan masala, pan and any form of tobacco at their sites to maintain hygiene.

    US-based News Corp-backed housing brokerage firm, in its report Real Insight Q4'2020, also highlighted that the share of completed apartments in the total housing sales grew to 20 per cent during the last fiscal from 15 per cent in the previous financial year.

    The business has also secured an order to construct a Technology Park in Trivandrum over a total built up area of 2.3 million square feet.

    The lockdown was first announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 in a bid to combat the Coronavirus endemic. It was further extended till May 3. On Wednesday, the Home Ministry had announced a series of exemptions given to different people and services during the lockdown.

    "PNC Infratech Limited announces receipt of Letter of Award (LOA) on June 24, 2020 for a NHAI Project of 53.95 km long four-laning of Meerut-Nazibabad section of NH-119 (New NH-34)...in the state of Uttar Pradesh under Bharatmala Pariyojana on Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM) for Rs 1,412.0 crore," the company said in a filing to the BSE.

    The Centre is likely to initiate construction activities in ‘green’ and ‘orange’ districts—areas where there have been no Covid-19 cases for 14-28 days—in a staggered manner in June.

    While speaking to ANI amid coronavirus pandemic on April 13, the Deputy Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Keshav Prasad Maurya said, “Constru...

    As some sectors of the country go back to work to Monday as part of an easing of the nationwide lockdown to arrest the spread of Covid-19 outbreak, implementation on ground, from social distancing to behavioural changes in labourers, remains a concern.

    Uttar Pradesh government had signed a memorandum of understanding with NAREDCO to provide employment to returning migrant workers. NAREDCO has 250 member developers in UP and it is in the process of creating a group of members for employing migrant workers.

    Recent developments witnessed labourers migrating to their home towns, thus impacting construction activities. Disruption in the second-half of March 2020 will result in modest revenue growth/de-growth in Q4-FY2020, it said, adding the major impact is expected in Q1-FY2021 with construction activities stalled during the first half of April-2020.

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