VISAKHAPATNAM: The efforts of the TDP government to make sand available at an affordable price, apart from keeping the sand mafia at bay, seems to have failed as the realtors allege that there is sand scarcity in Visakhapatnam district. The Confederation of Real Estate Development Association of India (CREDAI), Visakhapatnam chapter, has threatened to stop all the ongoing construction activity from September 21 if the government failed to supply required quantity of sand at affordable price.
At a press conference Tuesday, Visakhapatnam chapter CREDAI chairman K Rama Krishna Rao said that the construction sector in the city had been facing a series of problems due to the non-availability of sand and abnormal hike in its price. They pointed out that there had been no supply of sand by DRDA, the distributing agency of the Andhra Pradesh government, for the past two months in the city. The CREDAI members said that 1,000 truck-loads of sand was required for the construction activity in the city per day and there was nearly 70 per cent shortage.
The neighbouring districts of East Godavari, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam have plenty of sand but the officials were not encouraging export of sand to Visakhapatnam.
The CREDAI team said that earlier one truck load of quality sand used to cost around Rs 18,000 and it is Rs 50,000 now due to cess and transportation charges. Construction activity has been affected with the soaring prices and scarcity of sand, indirectly impacting the housing and infrastructure projects, the members said.
The CREDAI alleged that they had requested the government a number times to resolve the issue. Sadly, the government was yet to take measures for the supply of required sand at affordable price in the district. “If the government fails to solve our problems we will stop all the ongoing works in the city from September 21 and protest till the government resolves the issue,” added Rama Krishna Rao.