Lorry stir: Construction sector hit

A load of sand, scarcely available, is close to Rs 20,000 - Rs 25,000 now

As a result, bigger construction projects have been forced to slow down, with no vehicles available to transport cement bags, stones, jelly, sand and even steel.

Continuing their stir, lorry owners continued their protest in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office here on Saturday.

According to them, there are about 175 identified regions from where sand can be extracted in the district. District administration has not allowed  renewal of license to lift sand since 2008.

Many requests made to mines minister and deputy commissioner has not yielded any results. “Permission has been given to only works pertaining to JnNURM,  MUDA, Mysore City Corporation, PWD etc,” the protestors said.

Police, mines and geology department officials, RTO and tahsildars were creating problems for sand transporters, and minister Ramdas had promised to hold discussions with the protestors which is yet to be fulfilled, they alleged. Insisting on the new sand policy to be tabled soon, protestors said the strike will be intensified if government continues to ignore them.

Contractors Associations and construction companies, along with labour organisations have pledged support to the protest.

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