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Construction On Hold At Damodar City Labasa

Damodar City Labasa project,earmarked to open at the end of this year, has come to a temporary standstill. Damodar North Pte Limited manager projects, Cornelia Smith, said work ended earlier
27 May 2021 11:15
Construction On Hold At Damodar City Labasa
Damodar City Labasa project came to a standstill in Labasa on May 26,2021. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Damodar City Labasa project,earmarked to open at the end of this year, has come to a temporary standstill.

Damodar North Pte Limited manager projects, Cornelia Smith, said work ended earlier this month.

“Construction work was carried out and scheduled to be completed by the last quarter of 2021,” Ms Smith said.

“Unfortunately, the current COVID-19 cases that began in April 2021 and the travel restrictions out of Viti Levu, has affected our main builder, Four R General and Electrical Contractors, from
mobilising certain key personnel to the site.”

 

Four R
The Four R’s main construction supervisor and supervising director were scheduled to fly out of Nadi to Labasa on the day travel to Vanua Levu was restricted.

The duo are critical in leading and supervising the technical aspects of construction on the site.

“The current restrictions on nonessential businesses on Viti Levu has also meant they are unable to remotely monitor works from their head office in Ba,” she said.

“As such, this would mean that construction may be delayed.”

 

Protect the north
The company stated that while travel and other COVID-19 restrictions affected its construction works, it understands that this was an essential move to protect the Northern Division from the increasing COVID positive cases in Viti Levu.

Their contractor, Four R, is hopeful that the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (MCTTT) and Ministry of Health may set out strict conditions for business travel from non-containment areas to non-containment areas.

The contractor has reviewed and adopted COVID-safe protocols which it has documented and submitted to MCTTT.

The protocols are to adapt to the new normal for business operations in COVID times, and includes amongst others, sequestering all its workers on the construction site.

“We can only adhere to all the restrictions in place, listen to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services advice and adapt our business processes if we hope to open soon,” she said.

“Our main building contractor, 4R Electrical, have prepared themselves well with COVID-19 Safety SOP’s, ready for when travel is permitted to the North again and when construction sites are allowed to reopen with COVID-safe protocols.”

 

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