Construction Industry Development Council focuses on productivity, quality and safety

For the first time in the country, Vijay Nirman Company will impart training to its entire workforce through Construction Industry Development Council. Addressing a press conference here on Monday, Director General of CIDC P.R. Swarup said the company had turned its work spots into onsite training centres. By imparting training the council focussed on productivity, quality and safety.

Answering a question, he said cost overruns resulted in massive losses. Around 16 years it had ranged from 135 per cent to 490 per cent but now came down to 89 per cent to 173 per cent.

The Council has been set up by the Planning Commission jointly with the Indian construction industry in 1996 for upgrading skills at various levels.

Mr. Swarup said so far 4.3 lakh workers had been trained. The council has also entered into an MoU with five universities. It is also working with six PSUs and eight State governments. It would soon take up training of 15,000 workers in five years in Andhra Pradesh.

Safety practices

To give impetus to safety a junior engineer was asked to consciously observe safety practices. Some 20 years ago, none observed whether the labourers were wearing helmets and boots. But now the workers themselves were demanding them and it is a result of hard work over the years, he said.

The council would visit sites of accidents like the collapse of bridges, etc., he said answering a question. It had extended its expertise in resuming worship at Kedarnath.

The council had given a number of clear cut guidelines on the precautions to be taken in sensitive ecologies like Uttarakhand in X, XI and XII five year plans. Even after the Uttarakhand tragedy a number of recommendations were made on avoiding the rampant, unplanned construction but it was for the agencies concerned to implement it, Mr. Swarup said.

VNC CMD S. Vijay Kumar said all the employees right from workers to supervisors and senior officials would take the training in the first endeavour of the kind in the country.

The training for workers began 20 days ago and for senior officials a two-day executive development programme concluded on Monday.