Despite an announcement from the Greater Noida Authority which stated that construction in Noida Extension could resume with immediate effect,there was very little evidence of work actually beginning in the region on Tuesday.
Less than five construction projects saw activity,with no movement of any heavy machinery. Builders said while they understood the need for a quick resumption of construction,they wanted all formalities to be complete.
An official of Paras Builders,who has a project in Noida Extension,said,A representative of ours was at the meeting with the Greater Noida CEO,where he assured us that we could begin construction. He told us that the Authority will file the affidavit with the Allahabad High Court notifying them about the NCRPB clearance within this week. We intend to wait for that to make sure we are not in violation in any way. It would be fruitless to start work,only to be told to stop again by the court.
Contractors at the sites said another reason for the delay in resumption was the absence of contract labourers. When all work stopped 10 months ago,they left to find other work. We are tapping into our contacts to make sure that they return as employment will be assured for the next two years at the very least. But it will take at least a week to get the necessary labour force, Sunil Yadav,a contractor for the Paras project,said.
The few labourers who had returned expressed satisfaction that work would soon be underway once again. In these months,we were doing small time work in Delhi. In the other Noida areas,there were contractors already working,so there was no place for us. The Greater Noida projects will take a long time to come up,and for that period our wages are assured. We have been told that work will start within the next three days. The babu has asked us to convince people from our village to come as well, said Dhiram Kumar,a labourer.