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SECUNDERABAD: The ongoing state lockdown coupled with the departure of migrant labourers has led to a halt in operations at several ready-mix concrete plants. As a result, several civil projects within GHMC’s Secunderabad zone have slowed down to a snail’s pace. Furthermore, the oncoming monsoon which is estimated to enter Telangana in another week has raised concern among civic body officials over the completion of sanctioned projects.

These projects, in which, concrete mix is an essential component, include building of retaining walls on open drains and culverts, strengthening of bund segments of open drains, widening and laying of CC roads in by-lanes, and other projects like building walkways in parks and compound walls. Many of these operations have ground to a halt. It is estimated that works worth around ₹50 crore to ₹100 crore have stalled within the GHMC’s Secunderabad zone.

For instance, in Malkajgiri circle, most open drains (nalas) are widened in preparation for monsoon. For this, building retaining walls is an essential requirement to prevent the overflowing of sewage water into adjacent habitations while bund areas also need to built up after de-silting operations.

“Similar works were supposed to have been started by the civic body in other circles too,” a senior GHMC engineering offical from Malkajgiri circle told TOI.

While civic body officials had completed the tender process for civil works proposed by the engineering wing some months ago, operations have stalled as a result of the severity of the pandemic within Greater Hyderabad and its peripheral areas. Moreover, not many contractors had come forward due to a shortage of workers, according to another GHMC official. A shortage of concrete mixers which contractors used to procure from various ready-mix plants. Most workers at such plants belong to states such as Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, and Maharashtra, of whom many have left for their native places.

“Soon after the Telangana government announced the first phase of the lockdown last month, several migrant workers feared a continuation of the same for months and left the city. As a result, ready-mix plants are now facing a severe shortage of manpower and have no other option but to shut down operations,” Chandra Reddy, an owner a one such readymix plant, told TOI. He added that due to the halt in operations, large-scale supply of concrete mix to civic bodies and housing projects had been affected.

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