…not so big in India.
Construction, whether the project is large or small, seems to be a slow and arduous process here. The simplest of tools are not always available, as I witnessed from the window of our last hotel. Lack of safety made me cringe at this hotel and seeing the lives some children made me cry.
I watched a stone wall get built the old fashioned way. Five men dug a trench about three feet deep and approximately 200 feet long; while one used a pick the others had only sharpened sticks to work with. The loosened dirt was removed when they scooped it into large bowls and carried it away on their heads. Once the trench was dug (three days later) they hand mixed cement using water that had to be carried in, and the heavy stones were set in place. The whole project took about a week and a half.
A quite larger project can be seen outside the window of the current hotel we’re in. From the billboard displayed, this building will have 15 stories when it’s completed. Construction began about a year ago and they now have the skeleton for eight of the floors. This is common here, one story at a time. It is also common for buildings to be occupied while still under construction. Paul’s office is located on the second story of a building where the third is still under way. Talk about building from the ground up.
If using bamboo for scaffolding doesn’t seem safe, take a look at how it’s used here. Also note the lack of any safety harnesses.
A lot of road work is done by hand, instead of with machinery, because labor is cheap. Entire families will travel to the city for these jobs; and it is not just the men you see working, but women and children too.