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Govt halts work at DLF project site

May 27 2014 : The Times of India (Delhi)

Govt halts work at DLF project site

New Delhi:
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 Action After 6th Death In Three Years, Workers To Continue Getting Wages
The death of six workers since 2011, the last reported just about a week ago, prompted the city government on Monday to stop all construction activity at DLF’s Capital Greens project site in west Delhi, where 2500-odd flats are coming up.Prohibitory orders stopping construction activity till safety norms are met were put up at the Shivaji Marg site near Moti Nagar police station by the labour department’s Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health.It said the 3000-strong labour force on the multi-storey complex site will have to be paid minimum wages throughout the period of work suspension. The order was pasted on the gates and walls of the premises, and copies sent to the deputy commissioner of police and trade unions to ensure compliance.

The labour department has also issued directions for an audit of safety measures at the site by an government-approved agency, which would also suggest corrective measures. The orders come at a time when lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung has asked the labour department and district officials to ensure that the rights of construction workers are protected as per the law.According to senior labour department officials, the first fatal accident at the DLF site was reported in 2011. This was followed by two labour deaths in 2012 and one in 2013. In January this year, when another worker died at the site, the Directorate of Industrial Safety and Health launched prosecution proceedings against the directors of the principal employer, DLF Universal Limited, and contractor Larsen & Toubro. The matter is pending in the trial court.

The present crackdown comes after yet another accident led to a worker’s death on May 17. Officials said the deaths indicate that norms for protection of life and safety of workers were not in place. The prohibitory orders were initiated under the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers (regulation of employment & conditions of service) Rules, 2002.

Safety audit done, report likely in 2 days New Delhi: The National Safety Council, it is learnt, has completed the safety audit to ascertain whether construction activity can resume at the DLF site on Shivaji Marg, west Delhi. Reliable sources said the council is likely to submit its report to the government in a couple of days.The labour department order says construction can resume at the site only if working conditions are found “safe“ by the auditors. DLF is promoting a township at the site and has appointed L&T as its contractor. TNN

 

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