Using available raw materials and manpower, the Trichy Corporation is likely to resume construction work on stalled smart cities mission projects this week onwards. Except for Chathiram bus stand redevelopment project, all other smart cities mission projects were put on hold following the lockdown.
With 25 projects proposed under the smart cities mission by the Trichy Corporation, the civic body had completed two projects while around 13 proposals are in the execution phase. As the civil work for underground drainage (UGD) project, Uyyakondan riverfront development and multi-level car parking (MLCP) are progressing, the Covid-19 lockdown had stalled the progress of the smart city projects.
But the civic body with the workers stationed in Chathiram bus stand redevelopment site had been making minor progress in the proposal even during the lockdown.
“Social distancing was ensured at the bus stand’s work site. The workers were provided commodities to cook food on their own,” an official source said. As the Indian government is mulling to partially relax the lockdown from April 20, corporation sources said that they have received instructions to consider resuming the smart cities mission construction work by ensuring mandatory Covid-19 precautionary measures.
Since the raw materials required for the construction projects are available within the worksites, the civic body plans to rope in the available skilled workers to restart the projects. But, few projects including the commercial complex coming up at Thillai Nagar have exhausted their raw materials.
The resumption of bio-mining in Ariyamangalam dumpyard depends on the functioning of cement plants as a section of waste segregated at the dump yard is being sent to the cement factories for reuse. “As Amma canteens are functioning, we can arrange food for the labourers. Social distancing will be followed sincerely while resuming the work,” a senior official with the corporation said.
Periodical health check-up will be conducted for the workers to be involved in civil work. Underground drainage and Purathana park redevelopment works are among the smart cities mission projects likely to resume.