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More pain for Andhra Pradesh construction sector as sand shortage persists

With flooding of major rivers extending the shortage, the price of a truck-load of sand (10-12 tonnes) has risen to over Rs 50,000 in the black market

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B Dasarath Reddy Hyderabad
Amid several disruptions since a new government took office in Andhra Pradesh, recent suicides by construction workers seem to reflect a growing distress in in the state’s construction sector. A major cause for concern this time is a shortage of sand that started as early as in July, when the Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy-led state government tried to regulate mining and supply by replacing the earlier regime’s 'free sand' policy.

With flooding of major rivers extending the shortage, despite the government's ad-hoc measures to manage supply, the price of a truck-load of sand (10-12 tonnes) rose to over Rs 50,000

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First Published: Oct 29 2019 | 8:21 PM IST

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