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Chennai CREDAI Chapter urges Tamailnadu Government to Address Sand Shortage issues across the State…!

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Chennai CREDAI Chapter urges Tamailnadu Government to Address Sand Shortage issues across the State…!

The Chennai chapter for the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI) today jointly organized a press conference in Chennai, to highlight the issues faced by the construction industry due to shortage of sand and also to talk about the loss of job and business opportunities in the real estate sector.

Also present during the event were, Mr. P S Shivakumar, President, Chennai Flat Promoters Association, Mr. Mohan, Flat Promoters Association (Ambattur & Avadi), Mr. A L Arumugam Singara Chennai Flat Promoters Association, Mr. Suresh, Tambaram Flat Promoters Association, Mr. V Boopathy, President, Chennai Suburban Builders Association, Mr. Govardhan, ABC, Mr. R Muniratnam, President, Tamil Nadu Sand Lorry Owners Association, Mr. Yuvaraj, Coordination Committee, Chairman, TN Sand Lorry Owners Association.

The state government had recently accepted the appeal made by CREDAI Chennai to run the sand quarries and the government had assured that more quarries will be opened within a short period of time and distribution of full quantity of sand will be implemented through PWD. Also, 10% of the quarries are only functional currently, which has resulted in 80% of the construction activity being hit.

CREDAI Chennai also told the reporters that, sand requirement for Chennai is 7600 loads per day and the issue at large is that there are no quarries present in Chennai. Currently, the quarries are only able to provide 2600 loads per day against the peak requirement of 40,000 loads per day. M-sand, the alternative suggested by the government for river sand, is supposed to be washed with water and water for washing is not available which has crippled the construction works across the state.

CREDAI Chennai also highlighted that, around 3.5 lakh people are employed by 70,000 lorries in the state and around 10 lakh people are employed in the construction industry. Already, 1 lakh jobs have been lost in Tamil Nadu alone and 1 crore square feet of construction work is delayed. Rs. 10,000 crores worth of investments are affected which have resulted in serious losses for developers and customers.   

Speaking on the occasion, Mr.Suresh Krishn, President, CREDAI Chennai said “CREDAI Chennai urges the state government to immediately initiate action and open more number of quarries to make the sand available and also to curb down the rising prices of sand across the state due to acute scarcity. We want the government to work on reducing the waiting time at the quarries. We feel that, 85 quarries are required for Tamil Nadu to fulfil the requirement of sand.

He further added, no national permit lorries should be allowed to collect sand from the quarries. Shortage of sand in the state is of utmost importance and has to be dealt with. We have to rebuild the faith of our customers and minimize the loss across the state. The government has to take stringent steps to restore the life of the workers employed in the industry, and negate the impact on the real estate sector.  

Suresh Krishn, President, CREDAI Chennai

Mr. Suresh Krishn also announced that, in order to condemn the current state of affairs in the sector, CREDAI Chennai, Chennai Flat Promoters Association, Chennai Suburban Builders Association, Tamil Nadu Sand Lorry Owners Association, Flat Promoters Association (Ambattur & Avadi), Singara Chennai Flat Promoters Association, Tambaram Flat Promoters Association, Chennai Suburban Builders Association, ABC and other federation/associations will come together on July 6th and conduct a one-day agitation coupled with hunger strike in Tamil Nadu. 

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