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Andhra Pradesh government allots special sand reach in Vizianagaram

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21st October, 2019 16:00 IST
VISAKHAPATNAM: The state government has allotted a special sand reach in Denkada in Vizianagaram district to restore the supply of sand in the urban areas of Visakhapatnam district. Large parts of this region have been reeling with a sand shortage for several months now. This had stalled construction activity in the area and had led to job losses.

The government has also decided to resume mining in two sand reaches in Srikakulam district. Sand obtained from these mines will also cater to the urban parts of Visakhapatnam district.

Speaking to TOI, a senior government official said, “Once the flood water recedes, we can expect an adequate supply of sand. If everything goes according to plan, we can expect enough sand supply after Diwali to meet demand.”

According to realtors, the government’s efforts towards resolving the problem will help them resume construction work. “Diwali is a good time for us as many people look to buy property around this time. We are hopeful that if the projects resume now, we will get a good response,” said Kotteswara Rao, a realtor.

The urban parts of Visakhapatnam have the highest demand for sand in Andhra Pradesh.

The decision to allot a special sand reach and resume mining in others was taken by municipal administration minister Botcha Satyanarayana in a meeting held in early October. Tourism and culture minister Muttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, other MLAs and senior government officials were part of the meeting.

According to officials, the state government’s new sand policy coupled with the floods led to a decrease in sand supply. As a result, over 2,000 projects in Visakhapatnam have been stalled and more than six lakh construction workers have lost their jobs.

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On an average, Vizag requires at least 300 truckloads (4,500 tonnes of sand) every day. Currently, only 60 truckloads of sand are being supplied to the city.

“Once things are in place, over 1 lakh cubic tonne of sand will be available every month,” an official said.

Meanwhile, Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan is slated to hold a demonstration in Visakhapatnam on November 3 protesting the scarcity of sand. Addressing a political affairs committee (PAC) meeting at Hyderabad on Sunday, Kalyan said lakhs of construction workers have lost their livelihoods owing to the scarcity of sand.

He further said that a number of allied industries are also facing difficulties owing to the shortage of sand.
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