BHUBANESWAR: Architects in the city are of the opinion that acute shortage of skilled labourers has taken its toll on the realty industry. They have urged the state government to conduct training programmes for masons and carpenters to bridge the gap between demand and supply in the sector.
"With growing population and increasing land cost, the latest trend in building planning is to have small but beautiful houses with maximum utility space. But the major problem faced by the construction industry is shortage of skilled manpower,," said A K Beuria, chairman, Indian Institute of Architects, Odisha chapter. "We have urged the government to conduct training programmes for mason and carpenters, and set up a national-level institute like School of Planning and Architecture in the state," he added.
Due to shortage of skilled manpower in Odisha, developers are forced to recruit skilled workers from neighbouring states like West Bengal and Bihar paying extra charges, he added.
"Despite having a huge workforce, neither the state government nor any voluntary organization has been conducting training programme for mason and carpenters, who comprise a huge part of the construction industry. Construction companies have been incurring financial losses on account of their projects being delayed, as price of raw materials, carrying costs and other costs keep increasing," said Pradipta Kumar Biswasray of Real Estate Developers' Association. He further said, "The demand-supply gap was not felt earlier because there were not many construction activities in the state. But with big players starting to invest in the reality sector, it has been a major problem in the last five years. And the worst affected are medium-level players."
Severe shortage in supply of skilled labourers has also contributed to an unhealthy competition among builders for securing the service of skilled workers employed by a rival firm. People in the realty sector cited this as one of the main reasons for daily remunerations of skilled workers going up exponentially.