The Noida Metro rail corporation (NMRC) on Wednesday said that it has decided to provide social security and better facilities to 800 construction workers involved in completing the 30-km Noida-Greater Noida Metro link before schedule.
“Workers and other staff members are working round the clock to complete the ambitious Metro project five months before the deadline in April 2018. They need to be compensated for that. The NMRC has paid Rs 8 crore as labour cess for the Rs 5,400 crore project. I have asked the district labour department to provide all facilities to them,” said Santosh Yadav, MD of NMRC.
In Faridabad Metro, the DMRC had put 110 U-girders in a month time, in Kochi Metro 60 U-girders a month. On the Noida-Greater Noida route, 200 U-girders have been placed in record one month’s time, said a senior NMRC official.
“We use 350 tonne and 400 tonne weight cranes to lift a U-girder. A girder cannot be transported to the site in a day’s time. A crane carrying a girder cannot be moving above a drain or water pipeline, it might cave in because of the weight,” said Pramit Garg, project director, DMRC.
The NMRC has asked labour officials to register all 800 workers in the next one week and avail all benefits in the next month’s time without any delay.
“Each worker will get Rs 45,000 for house construction, Rs 20,000 for daughter’s marriage and Rs 10 as meal allowance per day among other facilities. Workers were deprived of all these benefits because the labour department was not doing its job properly. So the NMRC asked the department to exercise its duties,” said Yadav.
“We are likely to sign an agreement with the DMRC that will manage operations of the link,” said Yadav.