The pandemic has turned our lives upside down over the last four months. Thousands of workers in the informal sector have lost their jobs as both government-funded and private projects closed down due to the novel coronavirus.
Around 80 percent workers in the construction industry have been out of work ever since the government imposed a 65-day general holiday to control the spread of coronavirus in the country. This decision caused construction projects to close down, forcing thousands of construction workers to plunge deep into poverty. Many of them left the city for their villages.
While work has resumed in government projects, many private construction projects are either yet to resume work or have deliberately slowed down the pace of work because of economic insecurity. Many reopened construction site are not hiring enough people for work. Thus, construction workers now survive in a limbo.