These projects have been at a standstill for the past three weeks and this is bound to have an effect on the progress of these projects.
All Chinese workers have been advised to stay indoors and many of the local workers have not reported for work in fear of contracting the virus.
A delegation from the Chamber met Chinese Embassy officials last week to discuss the issue and urged them to take measures to dispel fears as well as to ensure that Chinese workers who had gone back to their country for the Lunar New Year holidays return soon.
Getting back Chinese workers an arduous task
Many Chinese workers had gone back to their homes for the New Year holiday but are unable to return now with restrictions on travel in their own country as well as restrictions put in place in both countries, said Chamber of Construction Secretary General/CEO Nissanka S. Wijeratne.
Nearly 30%-40% of the workers on major Chinese projects in Sri Lanka are nationals of that country while local companies too have started employing workers from China. While officially there are only around 15,000 Chinese workers in the construction sector here, unofficially close to 100,000 are believed to be working here, he said.