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Health officials close down labour camp

KOCHI: Health officials on Tuesday closed down a labour camp that they claimed was being run by the LuLu Group at Vallarpadam where more than 1,000 migrant labourers were accommodated in poor and unhygienic conditions. The labourers had been deployed for the construction of a convention centre of LuLu Group at Bolgatty, health officials said.

Though the camp with three makeshift rooms had the facility to accommodate only around 300 persons, more than 1,200 laboures were jam-packed in the camp. “All the ten toilets provided for the labourers were defunct. We have asked the officials with the firm to clean the toilets within 24 hours,” said district health officer P N Srinivasan.

Migrant labourers from Assam, West Bengal, Odisha and Bihar have been jam-packed in tiny rooms. “There isn’t proper ventilation. Everything has been kept in the room in an untidy manner. The labourers would keep their washed cloths on the cots they sleep for drying them,” Srinivasan said. “We have given instructions to those running the camp to construct more built-up space so as to accommodate all these workers,” he said. The work on the new rooms should be completed as early as possible, he said.

“The facility does not belong to LuLu Group and it isn’t in our control. The labour camp is run by the contractors employed by us for the construction of the convention centre at Bolgatty and the labourers who put up here are not our employees. They work in the various sites and projects undertaken by the said contractor across the city. LuLu Group has got nothing to do with the labour camp or labourers lodged there.” said a spokesperson for the LuLu Group, who refused to reveal the name of the contractor.

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