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Pavement at Benz Circle on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway became a living place for 10 Rajasthani migrant construction workers, who are working for Benz Circle flyover. Construction workers from various parts of the country came to Vijayawada for the construction of Rs 220 crore flyover, which connects Screw Bridge to Dr Ramesh Hospital Junction.

Vijayawada: Pavement at Benz Circle on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway became a living place for 10 Rajasthani migrant construction workers, who are working for Benz Circle flyover. Construction workers from various parts of the country came to Vijayawada for the construction of Rs 220 crore flyover, which connects Screw Bridge to Dr Ramesh Hospital Junction.

Highlights:

  • Pavement on National Highway is a makeshift home for Rajasthani migrant construction workers
  • A worker narrates they will have a tough time at night with beggars and thieves waiting for right time to rob their money and other valuables

The flyover construction work was started a few months ago and workers from Odisha, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan are working at the site.

The Hans India spoke to the workers who narrated their experience at the construction site. These workers had a tough time spending the whole day at the construction site and staying on the busy highway pavement in a small tent. About 10 workers from Rajasthan had come on soil testing work.

Rajendra Singh, one of the soil testing workers, said their day starts at 9 am and work till late evening. He said they cook their food to cut down expenses as they were paid about Rs 16,000 per month.

He added that they were working under the Gujarati contractor, who provided a stove, utensils and other essentials, along with chapati frying pan to prepare food, in the makeshift tent.

He said they would have a tough time at night with beggars and thieves waiting for right time to rob their money, mobile phones and other valuables. They had lost money and mobile phones in couple of occasions, he said. To safeguard their belongings, they dig small pits and put their money and phones and morning they dig them out.

On a rainy night, it would be a nightmare with insects and worms crawling around. Once in every two months they go back home, spend for a week with their beloved family members and comeback to work. It had been eight months they are on the soil testing work at the site, he said.

By C Pradeep

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