Confederation of Real Estate Developers Associations of India (CREDAI) - Andhra Pradesh chapter has announced to bring to a standstill all construction activities until the government came up with the new mining policy, as reported by The Hindu.
CREDAI says, the delay in announcing sand policy will ruin lives of thousands of families depending directly or indirectly on the construction business including builders and construction workers.
In a meeting held in Rajahmundry on Sunday, K. Subbaraju, Chairman, CREDAI Andhra Pradesh chapter said, “Unless the government announces its new mining policy within one week and makes sand available, there is no alternative other than stopping the construction.”
The chairman alleged sand mafia of dictating the terms in the State. He also questioned the government’s silence over the issue reminding that the sand policy is entirely in the hands of the State government and it should get required necessary clearances if necessary from the Centre. He lamented that the lives of construction workers, lorry drivers and builders have become miserable for the last four months due to non-availability of sand.
“We are paying about Rs 300 in the form of tax per each sq ft of sand to the government, but the government is least bothered about us,” he said.
Also, A. Siva Reddy, President, CREDAI AP Chapter took jibe on sudden hike in cement price from Rs 200 to Rs 300 per bag and urged the government to put impetus on construction sector in the wake of bifurcation of the State.