Soon, projects by developers who do not usher in reforms and safeguards to promote the safety of construction labourers may not get requisite clearances from the authorities.
The state government has amended section 45 of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act (MRTP) to make it mandatory for developers to put in place certain safeguards like appropriate safety equipment for labourers, annual health check-ups, temporary medical facility at site, temporary residential arrangements, etc. The cabinet on Monday cleared this amendment that is aimed at bringing down accidental deaths among construction workers. The amendment also envisages that injured construction workers get adequate medical care from developers or land owners.
“Every construction project will be asked to comply with a set of safeguards. Unless these are implemented, they will not get requisite clearances at every stage like commencement certificate, plinth level certificate and occupation certificate,” said TC Benjamin, principal secretary of the urban development department. The amendment was mooted after the labour department pointed to the complete lack of welfare initiatives for this unorganised sector.
The labour department had reported that 40 labourers had died in the state in the last six months of 2011. Senior officials admit that this figure could be much higher, since such deaths often go unreported.