Covid-19 poses a very serious and immediate threat to undermine India’s economic health and the health of the global economy. Among the worst affected sectors is the construction industry, which has been adversely impacted, in turn negatively affecting the economy. In keeping with its ethos, Shapoorji Pallonji Group has recognized the need to support their construction workforce of 1,10,000 (includes 45,000 workers manning 430 sites in India, and 25,000 workers at 130 sites abroad; and also the 40,000 subcontracted workers).
The company has worker camps at most of their project sites, with good living conditions as per their standards, providing lodging, boarding, transport, medical/hygiene facilities, recreation, daily briefings and communication, regular sanitization, hospital tie-ups, etc. Additional provisions have now been made to ensure that, for the entire month of April, all personnel in these camps get adequate food and water, visits by trained medical staff and medicines as required and that isolation facilities for special medical care are created in major camps if needed.
This is the investment of the group towards their committed workforce, to ensure that migrant labour stays put at their workplaces and does not need to return to their homes. The group believes that with the help of the central and state governments, statutory bodies and key stakeholders, the battle against this medical and economic adversity can be fought and the construction sector can survive the Covid-19 onslaught.