Construction sector reels under heavy coronavirus weight

Almost nine in every 10 construction professionals have reported a drop in new project enquiries, an industry survey shows, highlighting the heavy toll of the Covid-19 pandemic.Another seven in every 10 have reported drop in communications or follow-ups on some of the ongoing projects.“Only 7.2 percent said ongoing projects remained unaffected as 30 percent reported stalls,” the report adds.The survey, which was conducted in April, involved 181 professionals in architecture, quantity surveying, engineering, urban planning, landscape architecture, construction project management and environmental design consulting. Other challenges include delays in projects progress (74.9 percent), suspension of ongoing works (60.9 percent), and abnormal fluctuation in prices (20.1 percent).The above research was carried out by business daily newspaper.