Friday, July 24, 2009

Metro accidents happened due to unskilled labour

Lack of skilled labour may have contributed to the recent accidents at Delhi Metro construction sites that claimed seven lives, a senior government official said here Friday.

"The real crisis is that enough number workers with right skills are not available in the construction industry. Unskilled labourers may have been responsible for the incidents at the construction sites of Delhi Metro," said Ajay Shankar, secretary at the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).

He was speaking at a conference of industry department officials from states organised by the PHD Chambers.

DIPP is a central government agency that assists entrepreneurs and industrial promoters in setting up new ventures.

There were three accidents in less than two weeks at various construction sites of the Delhi Metro.

Shankar called for unique identification professional cards for skilled labourers.

The conference emphasised the need to create better infrastructure and said giving tax holidays would not help industries.

"We need concrete policy for industrial development for attracting new investments. Tax holiday does not help the industry in a long run," said Satish Bagrodia, president of the PHD Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

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