Jaipur Metro workers launch strike for non-payment of wages

JAIPUR: More than 300 workers of a private company working at Metro sites in Jaipur went on strike on Tuesday due to nonpayment of wages. The company has been working on civil works at metro station sites. “The private contractor had not paid wages of around Rs.50 lakh to its workers. We have spoken to the company officials in Delhi and they have agreed to release a part of payment today only,” said Atul Gadgil, Chief Project Manager of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC). DMRC is entrusted to build the Jaipur metro rail project.  Work came to a stand still at the metro station sites from Mansarovar to New Sanganer road after workers boycotted work and shouted slogans against the company officials in the morning.

“It is a matter between the private contractor company and their employees; DMRC is not involved in the matter. But the work has suffered today. Workers have promised to return to work after part payment is received today,” said Gadgil.

The metro project in Jaipur is planned to be completed in two phases. The 12.6 km long first phase will have 11 stations from Mansarovar and Bari Chaupar, including three underground and eight elevated stations. The estimated cost of first phase is Rs.3149 crore in which Phase I-A will cost Rs2026 crore. We have already incurred around Rs.1300 crore on the project. The plan I-B will cost Rs.1123 crore, said Gadgil, adding that the Government has set a July 31 deadline for completion of phase 1-A and the work has been going on a war footing.