At a time when the country is trying every bit to revive the flagging economy, the reverse migration of labourers has apparently hit it hard. Project delay, as a result of labour shortage, seemingly will be the order of the day. The National Highway Authority of India, NHAI, is staring at a five-month delay in big-ticket construction projects primarily due to shortage of labour.
For instance, with the new set of rules that have been put in place, it’s been over two weeks that work on projects has started in Gurugram. However, only 25% of the workforce has managed to turn up for work; the others have either left or are unable to reach the project site because of border restrictions. According to NHAI officials, work has started with just about 20% efficiency.
The National Highway Authority of India, NHAI, is staring at a five-month delay in big-ticket construction projects primarily due to shortage of labour.
Given this scenario, uncertainty looms large over several key road projects. In Gurguragm, be it the Shankar Chowk elevated U-turn flyover, or the Sohna elevated road or the Ambience Mall underpass, the projects cannot be completed on time unless the required workforce and shifts are in place. In the normal circumstances, these projects would have met the project deadline; but, at present that cannot be a given. Contractors are struggling to get even half of their workforce at the sites. A greater challenge facing the contractors is that a majority of the skilled workface have left and it has become practically impossible to proceed with the work. In such a scenario, contractors are looking at a minimum of five months’ delay.