Construction underway at Kashi Vishwanath corridor project
VARANASI: The Kashi Vishwanath temple will now help provide employment to the migrant labourers who have returned home from different states after being rendered jobless due to the lockdown.
The temple administration has decided to engage 1,000 migrant workers in PM’s dream project – the Kashi Vishwanath Corridor as per their skills. The authorities have also released phone numbers on which migrants can call to seek work at KV corridor.
Besides, the Varanasi district administration will soon launch a portal having details of migrant workers and their skills that can be used by various government and private companies for their ongoing projects.
The idea of utilising migrant workers was mooted by officials looking after the Kashi Vishwanath Dham (corridor) project when the firm entrusted the construction work raised demand for labourers when work was allowed after Lockdown 3.0 since most of those working had left for their native places.
Divisional commissioner Deepak Agrawal said, “The Gujarat based company that was awarded the contract for construction work in KV Dham project was facing crisis of labourers after most left for their native places when the lockdown began. When work was allowed, the company struggled to restart construction due to labour shortage and sent requirement of 790 labourers with different skills.” “Since, on government’s orders, we had started skill-mapping of migrant labourers when they started arriving in large numbers and had collected all their personal details, skills and contact numbers, we had a ready database with us. It helped us in identifying 1,000 labourers, who can help the company handling KV Dham project to restart its work at an accelerated pace,” the commissioner added.
“The chief development officer and labour department had done skill mapping of labourers. They have been told to create a portal having all details of skilled migrant labourers to enable all government and private agencies to utilise them in their projects halted during lockdown,” said Agrawal.