VIJAYAWADA: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI), AP chapter, has called a total halt to construction of buildings from September 21 protesting against lack of measures to ease shortage in supply of sand.
“Sand is not available. Several of sand reaches are not producing sand for a variety of reasons. Black marketeers have taken advantage of the situation. A two unit truck which normally costs Rs 5,000 is costing us Rs 12,000 now,” CREDAI AP chapter general secretary RV Swamy said at a news conference.
CREDAI-AP honorary president A Siva Reddy said that if the construction activity comes to a halt, thousands of construction workers would be thrown out of employment.
The government, which claims to care for disadvantaged sections, should make sand available at least to prevent labourers from losing employment, he said.
The CREDAI-AP urged the government to allot at least one sand reach to them so that they would use the sand for construction work. “The sand reaches are full of sand. For a variety of reasons, DWCRA women are not operating them. If one reach in each district is allotted to us, we will help DWCRA women manage the reaches and sell sand to us,” Swamy said.