Pune: Members of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI) have written to the state government to allow construction workers to work on all nearby sites.
The state government’s new guidelines on continuation of construction activity had said they should be restricted to one site. The developers’ national body felt such restrictions till the end of month may lead to an exodus of workers from the state like last year’s.
Credai national vice president Shantilal Kataria told TOI that they have requested the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray to allow the offices of developers, contractors, architects and structural engineers to be kept open with 50% attendance like IT and ITes firms, lawyers and CAs.
“Last year, there was a mass exodus of workers, and we fear there could be a repeat if the government does not relax the orders. It took almost 3-4 months before they returned,” Kataria said. He added shops selling cement and steel must be open for a few hours.
Suhas Merchant, another national CREDAI member, said the industry must keep its offices running as part of site assistance or it will impact payment of workers and supply orders. “If we do don’t sell our flats how will we complete the sites and repay loans. Our office set up is related and dependent on our sites,” he said.
In the Pune Municipal Corporation area, all construction sites and architect offices will be open from 7am to 6pm.
NARDECO has said workers are being tested at their sites after they return from their hometown, he added. Other members the rules for vaccination and negative RT-PCR tests may be difficult for small developers and redevelopment projects to follow as they do not have a provision for onsite camps for workers.