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Skilled Labour Shortage Challenges India's Infra Ambitions


India's construction industry is facing a significant challenge that could hinder its ambitious infrastructure goals. The shortage of skilled labour, worsened by the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and extreme weather conditions, has left companies scrambling to meet their workforce needs.

Impact of Covid-19 on Skilled Labour

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered a mass exodus of migrant workers from urban areas back to their hometowns. Many of these workers have not returned, leaving a gap in the labour force that has yet to be filled. This shortage is particularly pronounced in the construction industry, where skilled labour is essential for the successful execution of projects..

Extreme Weather Conditions

Adding to the challenge are extreme weather conditions, especially in northern India. This year's heatwaves have made it difficult for labourers to work efficiently, further reducing the number of available workers on site. This has led to delays and increased costs for construction companies.

Industry Leaders Sound the Alarm

The severity of the skilled labour shortage was highlighted by Larsen & Toubro, a major player in the construction sector. On June 26, the company announced a deficit of 25,000 to 30,000 labourers across its operations. This revelation underscores the urgent need for solutions to address the workforce gap.

The Road Ahead

For India to achieve its goal of becoming a $5 trillion economy, the construction sector must overcome these labour challenges. This will require coordinated efforts from industry leaders, the government, and educational institutions to train and retain skilled workers. Without addressing this issue, the pace of infrastructure development could slow significantly, impacting the country's economic growth..


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