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Cement shortage affects construction projects

June 6, 2017 7:00 am

Numerous construction projects around the country are being affected by the chronic shortage of cement currently.

This has resulted in construction companies slowing down on many projects as the scarcity of concrete blocks is now halting major developments.

Fortech Construction Limited’s purchasing officer, Jagat Vir, says they are unable to start new projects.

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“We have one project in Waimaru, Rakiraki starting on Friday, where we will be doing the ground breaking ceremony. So if the cement is not there, that project can be put on hold because everything starts with concrete and if it’s not there, we can’t do any project. Lagilagi project in Raiwaqa has been stopped due to the issue. We are not able to get blocks from any of the suppliers.”

Vir adds if the shortage continues the company and others like it may have to lay off some employees.

“Plaster men and block guys will be sent home if we are not able to get the cement because we can’t fit them in the carpenters section and these people will be sent home.”

Fortech construction site foreman, Harry Prasad, says it’s getting difficult to complete various projects for many construction companies.

“The structures are ready to go on but because of the shortage we can’t go ahead and if it continues then we will have to lay off the workers because we have more than sixty employees here.”

Pacific Cement Limited, Chief Executive, Sowani Tuidrola says the frequent breakdown is because of the old age of the factory.

The parts that need to be replaced are more than 90-years-old and it’s been quite a slog getting hold of replacements overseas.

The parts are expected to arrive in the country next month, with supply expected to normalize soon after.

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