by bus to the nearest town. The working conditions are very risky andhazardous. The task is to complete the work within scheduled time period.Working conditionsThe tunnel work is a highly technical job where coordination isrequired at its optimum level. Coastal region in Orissa has very uniqueclimate. During summers, the heat is scorching and the temperature risessometimes as high as 48
C. With such temperature combined with humiditylevel as high as 95% and beyond the conditions there are quite tough.During rainy season, the incessant rain and cyclonic weather conditionsmake it worse to work. Thus, total working months in a year is not morethan six months.Construction work needs to continue for at least 16 hrs in a day asthere are two shifts of working every day. The labourers have been hiredfrom local people. As the scope of work includes cutting of rocks and other associated works, which requires high skill and proper supervision, some of skilled workers have been hired from other states with a few from Orissa. A proper blend of people have been put together into work to have maximumoutput.