Construction work has been shown a green flag in the city. However, owing to factors like limited workforce, not-so-smooth supply chain, and shortage of raw material, the contractors are not fully satisfied with this approval.
Infrastructural projects for agencies like NHAI and GMDA plus road-widening tasks were given resumption permission last week with various checks and balances set by the administration.
Strict adherence to the standard operating procedures in place, the work has resumed. However, if it will continue or not is the question that stays. The labour is not in the city anymore, there is no raw material, and the remaining labour might start heading to their hometowns soon, these are the important factors that loom over construction continuity.
If the supply chain of raw materials like gravel, sand, and iron rods among other vital construction material is not restored, construction may come to a halt within a week, say the contractors of major ongoing projects in the city. They further say that since the lockdown came suddenly, they could not even stock up enough material. The current inventory can last them only a week and they are doubtful about this partial resumption of activities.
To add to the woes, the ever-changing list of containment zones and many borders sealing their entry/ exit points have raised new challenges.
Transporters, on the other hand, have their own set of problems to take care of. They do not have the liberty of many truckers, and hence their prices have spiked up. They claim having to grease several palms in order to reach the destination.
As it can be clearly seen, this partial head start is only going to add to the problems of contractors and construction agencies until everything becomes fully operational, which sounds like a far-fetched dream currently.