Sand shortage hits construction work

Severe shortage of sand supplies to the city suburbs, which after a prolonged lull have started to turn into a beehive of construction activity, has builders and developers worried these days.

Several projects that are in advanced stages of completion and scheduled for handover in the coming months have been affected the most given shortage of sand in the wake of quarrying issue, many say.

Some of the projects have exhausted their sand stocks and in the absence of replenishments are forced to stop further work. “The usual practice is to have stocks for a fortnight and if the fresh supply does not come in time, the overall work progress gets affected,”.

Rough estimates suggest that work is in progress for about 250-odd major residential and commercial projects on the suburbs and another 70 to 80 in the city limits. “If the government does not act immediately and find a solution, the works are going to be seriously impacted,” .

From the regular price of Rs. 600 to Rs. 800 per tonne, the builders are forced to pick up available stocks in the market for a premium of Rs. 1,200 to Rs. 1,400 per tonne. But even that got depleted fast.

“Alternatively, some stock is being made available from other States including Maharashtra but it is offered at around Rs. 2,000 per tonne. Those desperate not to stop work are forced to consider this price too.