The price of sand has doubled after the lockdown, thus increasing the cost of construction almost by 25%. Though banned completely, illegal sand mining has also gone up in the past few months and the sand suppliers are busy dumping the mineral near the rivers. The short supply has led to increase in its cost, mining department sources said.The cost of sand has gone up from Rs 30,000 a truck before the lockdown to Rs 60,000 to Rs 65,000 a truck after the lockdown. Even at this price, sand is hardly available. Building material suppliers said the government had allowed sand mining only for construction related to government works. After June 15, sand mining is officially banned for the monsoon. “But the fact remains that all across the state, illegal sand mining is taking place. Large dumps of sand can be seen along the villages close to Narmada, Chambal, Betwa and Ken rivers,” sources pointed out.Sand suppliers are busy dumping it and not supplying so that it is available in black market and making it costlier, sources said. Already under stress for the past four years, especially after the demonetization, the real estate business received another blow when the lockdown… Read full this story
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