Realtors seek eased restrictions on workers, supervisors, engineers’ movement

Real estate developers operating in the country’s commercial capital have approached the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai to seek certain relaxations in restrictions imposed by the government of Maharashtra in the backdrop of the second wave of Covid19.

Realty developers’ body CREDAI-MCHI has written to Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal to allow movement of construction workers from third-party labour camps in private buses or vehicles to their respective construction sites.

It has also sought permission for travel of supervisors, engineers and architects from their residences to respective construction sites.

On Tuesday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced restriction on movement of people without a valid reason for 15 days while implementing section 144 from Wednesday evening.

The state government has allowed construction activity with the condition that developers will be managing workers on site with their food, accommodation, medication and no unnecessary movements.

According to realty developers, the permission to carry on construction activity will help them in holding the workers back and avoid reverse migration of at least construction workers.

The order permits only construction activity to be carried out with in-situ labour residing at the site and restricts the travel of labour from outside.

“In the spirit of the guidelines and to assist small and medium developers Members, to continue their construction activity, we hereby, request your permission to transport such labourers from third party labour camp in private buses/vehicles to their respective construction sites,” CREDAI-MCHI said in its letter to the commissioner.

The body has assured that its developer members will follow all covid protocols like social distancing, only one person per seat, wearing masks, no standing allowed etc.,

CREDAI-MCHI has also highlighted that the construction activity and labour work on its own cannot function as it requires guidance, support and supervision from supervisors, engineers, architects so that construction activity is carried out according to the plans and to maintain the covid-19 protocols.

“Moreover, it is impossible to give guidance through online and remote mode. A small mishap at the construction site can lead to serious issues, which may also endanger lives of many,” the letter said while requesting permission for travel of supervisors, engineers, and architects from their residences to construction sites.

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