Realtors told to give food, shelter to 21,000 workers

Realtors told to give food, shelter to 21,000 workers

Gurgaon: The department of town and country planning (DTCP) has directed developers to provide food and accommodation to around 21,000 workers employed at 85 construction sites free of charge as per guidelines issued by the state government.
In case of any complaint, strict action will be taken against them, the department said in an order issued last week. DTCP has constituted five teams to monitor these sites to ensure that the developers concerned are doing their bit and workers don’t leave the sites in search of food and shelter.
District town planner RS Batth told TOI the DTCP director ordered developers to arrange adequate accommodation along with food at the sites for all labourers and their families to ensure that they aren’t forced to return to their hometowns.
“Our teams are visiting sites to ensure basic facilities like water supply, sanitation and medicines are made available at all such locations. The developers should not charge any amount for such facilities,” he said.
Batth said in cases where developers were unable to make the arrangements, it was done with the assistance of the district administration and NGOs. “We have put contact numbers of DTCP teams at the sites so that workers can call them in case they are not provided food and other essential items,” he said.
The DTCP order had directed all developers to whom licences have been granted under the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act 1975, not to release the workforce labour engaged in various construction sites in licenced colonies across the state.

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