MMRDA will start recruiting 12,000 labourers to replace those who were working on infrastructure projects in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) but left. A Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority spokesperson said, “We had 15,000 labourers at camps of projects in April. Over the last month, around 12,000 left, leading to a shortage of skilled and unskilled labour.”
MMRDA has decided to advertise, the spokesperson said, adding, “We need around 9,000 skilled labourers, including 3,500 steel bar-benders and 500 welders.” Chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had urged infrastructure agencies to advertise so that ‘bhoomiputra’ (sons of the soil) are aware of employment opportunities in their city and state.
The spokesperson said, “People from Maharashtra and outside, willing to work on these projects, can contact MMRDA or the contractor. We hope to get a good response and will be able to resume work in full swing.” MMRDA is executing 10 Metro projects, besides Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL) and other roads and flyovers in MMR.