80 Namma Metro Construction Workers Test Covid Positive
Bangalore Metro, known as Namma Metro, is a joint venture between the centre and the Karnataka government. Over 80 labourers, working on the Nagavara-Gottigere lane of Bengaluru’s Namma Metro Phase II in a major motive to complete the metro construction work amids the pandemic in Karnataka, have tested positive for coronavirus.
Due to the number of cases rising in the city, the development authority has halted the constructions of metro.
The construction firm Larsen and Tourbo (L&T) is where the workers were employed, as found by reports. And now all those 80 workers are treated in the COVID Care Centre and other precautionary measures are being taken for them.
It has been found out that it happened in one of the labour camps near Yelahanka. All the workers are fine and asymptomatic. The managing director of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd, Ajay Seth said – “The work on that underground package is yet to start in a significant manner.”
BL Yashvanth Chavan, BMRCL’s Chief Public Relations Officer has also said that after the new workers arrived on the camp the tests are ordered as a precautionary measure. He also added “Those who tested positive were send to Covid Care Centres and the rest were isolated at different locations as per protocol.”
Most of those infected are migrant workers from different parts of the country, according to the BMRCL Chief Public Relations Officer.
He also added that one of them came to the construction site with fever.
An officer said – “Every day before letting them to the work site, we conduct fever test and one of them was found having mild fever. Accordingly, we got him tested and he was found COVID positive”.
After this news, the state government issued a fresh guideline regarding the lockdown and suspended the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation work from July 15 to July 21.
But the essential services like grocery shops, hospitals, as well as scheduled exams will be allowed in the city.