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Dienstag, 26.05.2020
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The Madurai Corporation will resume Smart City projects, which were stalled due to Covid-19 lockdown, in non-containment zones on Wednesday. However, it will take some time before the work catches pace. Contractors are likely to face headwind due to labour unavailability and difficulty in transportation of materials required for construction.

City engineer S Arasu told TOI that the work will resume with the available men and material at the site and within the district.

A meeting was chaired by Arasu at Anna Maaligai with the participation of contractors of smart city projects a few days ago. Officials said that contractors were positive and assured to resume work at any given time.

“Only basic work will begin. It has been 45 days since the machineries were last used. They need to be checked for their condition before starting operation,” an official said.

The official said that shortage of workforce will also be an issue as many of the guest workers staying at construction sites are planning to return to their native.

Around 270 workers are there at three sites including Periyar bus terminal and multi-level car parking. They are being taken good care of by providing food and medicine.

“The workers may rethink their decision of going back to their native once work starts,” he added.

Only a few projects like smart road and drinking water project in Area Based Development (ABD) will get affected as West Veli Street and Maapalayam have been declared as containment zones. No other project will get stalled due to lockdown, officials said.

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Quelle/Source: The Times of India, 06.05.2020

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