Labourers working in West Tripura district on Tuesday amid lockdown relaxation

Agartala: A day after Tripura government announced relaxation in some of the essential services and industrial sector activities, the Agartala Municipal Corporation (AMC) has resumed work on Smart City project following the guidelines of the lockdown.

A total of 53 industries and water supply works started from Tuesday in R K Nagar, Bodhjungnagar, Dukli and Badarghat areas maintaining social distancing and other hygienic measures in West Tripura district.

Speaking with reporters, AMC commissioner Shailesh Kumar Yadav, who is also the Smart City project chief executive officer, said that amid the national lockdown the Centre has given some relaxation to resume the work.

“Relaxation has been given starting from April 20 for places which are not marked as hotspot zones or containment areas. Agartala has not reported a single COVID-19 case and therefore the work can begin,” Yadav said.

He also said that the work has been allowed to continue with certain conditions like labourers cannot be brought from other places to work and only those who are residing in the area would be allowed.

“The work that stopped were mostly drainage system development works. We are trying to resume the work as early as possible. In some places, there is a shortage of labourers and materials, while some do not know the guidelines,” Yadav added.

Yadav along with other officials from the municipal corporation and Smart City project visited some of the project sites to take stock on the situation.

Speaking further, he said the visit was made to inspect the work completed by the contractors, as monsoon would stop the work in the next few weeks. “Now, with the starting of the construction work, labourers would get some relief as they would start earning amid the national lockdown,” Yadav said.

The Agartala Smart City project is being implemented with an estimated expenditure of Rs 2,000 crore. Some of the projects are yet to start as the tender have just been floated and the entire work will end in 2023, Yadav added.

Earlier, on Monday, industries and commerce secretary Kiran Gitte in a notification gave relaxation for some of the industrial activities. The list includes manufacturing of fertilizers, pesticides and seeds, operation of tea, coffee, rubber and other essential works and their movement with 50% workers.

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