The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India (CREDAI), West Bengal chapter, and the Indian Commerce of Chamber (ICC) have appealed to the State government to relax the lockdown norms and partially commence the construction activities.

Amid the ongoing second wave of COVID-19 and the consequent lockdown, the CREDAI West Bengal and the Indian Commerce of Chamber (ICC) have urged the concerned authorities to allow work at construction sites that have on-site accommodation facilities for labours.

Sushil Mohta, President, CREDAI West Bengal, has shared that the construction industry hires daily wage workers, and if there is no work, labours will not get paid. Therefore, we appeal to the government to allow work at construction sites with at least 50 percent of the workforce. If the work does not begin, most of the migrant workforce might head back to their home towns which would further aggravate developers’ problems.

The relaxation is also crucial as many developers have started the ground-level development at their project sites that need to be completed before monsoon as there is always a risk of earth movement, which can cause damage to neighbouring structures.

Industry bodies have also requested the State authority to allow movement of essential construction materials, such as sand, stone chips, cement and ready-mix concrete within the State.