The Centre on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that 400 workers for redevelopment of the Central Vista Avenue were engaged “well before” the imposition of curfew in Delhi and the workers are staying at the site in accordance with the official guidelines regarding COVID-19 .
The court Tuesday said it will hear the petition, seeking a stay on Central Vista’s construction in wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, on Wednesday
“A COVID compliant facility was installed at the worksite itself, to accommodate the 250 workers who had expressed their willingness to stay put and continue the aforesaid work. The facility provides for strict implementation of COVID appropriate behaviour,” said the government.
It also told the court that the contractor has provided for health insurance of all the workers concerned against COVID-19 and a separate facility for conducting RT-PCR test, isolation and medical aid has also been provided at site.
“It is submitted that as per para 8 of DDMA order dated 19.04.2021, construction activities during curfew are permitted where labourers are residing on-site,” the government further said.
The government also refuted the claim that any workers are brought from Sarai Kale Khan camp to the working site on a daily basis. The work at the Central Vista Avenue is to be completed by November 2021, it said. “It is unequivocally stated that the workers working on the project as of now, are residing at the work…