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SC ban on sand mining to hit projects worth Rs 5,000cr

Jaipur: The Supreme Court Ban on Sand mining has put a brake on the ongoing private housing and government infrastructure projects in the state.

Construction work estimated to be Rs 5,000 crore in the government and private sectors will be stalled.

Majority of projects will be soon on a standstill mode after the court restrained 82 large lease holders from carrying out mining. This situation is expected to be grimmer due to interrupted supply of sand (bajri) for minimum of two months.

The court of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta in its order had restrained all lease/quarry holders from carrying out mining unless a scientific replenishment study.

Bajri/Letter of Intent (LOI) Welfare Society president Nawal Singh Ratnawat said, “It would take more than two months to comply with the court direction and prepare replenishment study. Sand mining would be blanket ban during this period.”

Uptight over the situation to complete project on stipulated time after coming in the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act ambit, the developers have decided to approach to the urban development and housing (UDH) minister Srichand Kriplani on Sunday.

Gopal Das Gupta, chairman, CREDAI Rajasthan, said, “Bajri is most essential requirement for construction. In absence of availability, it’s certain that the construction of projects will be put on hold. We would apprise UDH minister about the situation and demand time relaxation.”

Other than developers, the unavailability of bajri for construction is also posing serious problems for thousands of labourers, workers and consumers.

Some developers added that nearly 5 lakh labourers, including migrant labourers depend on construction and allied industries. “The demand for labourers coming from villages has declined just with the news of ban,” said Ratan Singh, a small businessman associated with construction industry.

The dramatic drop in construction activities on the first day after the ban is also having a cascading effect on other related businesses. “Just after the ban, business has gone down by 60% as there are few buyers for bricks, cement and other material required for construction. The demand is expected to fall further steeply,” said Abhishek Sharma, associated with the construction business.

The ban has also raised concern for civic body officials as many development projects in the city are being choked and are racing against time to meet the deadline. Currently, projects like Metro Phase I (B), affordable housing scheme, elevated road (Ambedkar Circle to Sodala) and rejuvenation of Dravyawati river are underway.

A senior JDA engineer said, “As there is no supply of sand, construction work cannot be taken up further. Approximately 1,200 cubic metres of sand is required every day for infrastructure projects, ” he said.

After the Supreme Court ban, officials are a concerned lot as there is no reliable and tested alternative. “We can see crusher dust as an option. But we are not sure about the quality,” said Ashwani Saxena , project director , Jaipur Metro Rail Corporation (JMRC).

Meanwhile, many traders who have stockpiled the sand are selling it on exponentially high prices. On Saturday, the prices hit the roof and reached up to Rs 100 per cubic feet from Rs 32.

A realtor while talking to TOI said, “The prices of sand trucks have gone up three times as the demand has increased by leaps and bounds. The sand traders are demanding Rs 30,000 per truck. Earlier, a truck was available at Rs 16,000.”

The villagers in Tonk district area alleged that despite ban many are mining sand illegally. Triyamabak Singh, villager of Tonk district said, ” To earn extra money, the tractor drivers are illegally digging are selling sand at high price to people who are in desperate need of sand.”

Source : timesofindia



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