Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Drought disrupts construction work in city - Source LT

People forced to migrate to cities

The real estate industry in the city is facing a severe setback due to the drought situation, as the lack of water for construction purposes has paralysed around 80 per cent of the housing projects in the city.
It may be noted that the prices of construction material and labour charges have increased in the past two years, which had already had an adverse impact on the construction business. 
Now, the unavailability of water for construction has further paralysed housing projects. Only projects with access to ample water from borewells are able to run smoothly, while work on the remaining projects has been disrupted.
Builders who have completed around 80 per cent of the work on their projects are anxious to finish the remaining work at the earliest. Many others have stopped work for four months during summers and will resume working on the projects only after monsoon.
Other industries that are related to the construction industry have also been affected by the drought. These industries include plumbing, labour contracting, wielding, painting, furniture, hardware, tiles and electricity.
Furthermore, builders who have completed their projects have now been compelled to sell them to customers at a lower price.
Builder Rupesh Agrawal said, "Work on many projects has stopped due to the lack of water. The cost of fetching water from the wells through the electric motors is not affordable."
Devanand Kotgire said, "The real estate industry had several expectations from the Union budget which were not fulfilled. The city's development will gather momentum if there is a boom in the real estate industry. The proposed DMIC project will definitely help bring about such a boom." New technology to reduce water used for construction
A new technology which reduces the quantity of water used for the construction business has emerged in the market. If crash sand AAC blocks are used for construction, they reduce the water consumption. With the AAC blocks, there is no need to apply plaster on the walls and instead, POP is done. Several builders and developers are using this technique to tackle the drought situation.

Villagers from drought-hit parts of the district have started migrating to cities in the search of livelihood.
As jobs in companies are difficult to come by and are available for skilled labourers, these migrants are seen doing whatever petty works they manage to get in city markets. 
The other reason is that most of the industries are also facing a slump owing to the global economic slowdown and hence are incapable to offer jobs to these migrants. A majority of whom are from Osmanabad, Beed and Jalna districts, which are worst hit. 
Migrants are seen at TV Centre, Shahgunj, Kamgar Chowk, Waluj Oasis Chowk, Ranjangaon and other places searching for work. They are proving to be a blessing in disguise for construction contractors who are hiring them at very low wages. 
Still many people fail to get work as the supply of workers has exceeded the demand owing to the migration. On the contrary, small scale industries are facing a problem of lack of skilled workers. 
"It is the responsibility of the government to stop the migration of villagers by providing them with water and employment," said Laxman Sakrudkar, a labour leader.
"On one hand, the situation is very severe in villages and on the other people are not getting work in the city," said Subhash Patil, another labour leader, adding that unless the government takes steps to mitigate the situation, it might lead to a law and order problem. Majority of migrants hail from Osmanabad, Beed and Jalna districts
Unable to get work as supply of workers far exceeds demand
Govt should mitigate situation before it gets worse and creates a law and order problem, says labour leader

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