CM floats the idea of specialyards for bulk sand users

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Nearly a week after introducing the new sand policy, the State government is toying with the idea of setting up of special sand yards for bulk users in view of the growing demand for the supply of sand in bulk quantities. The government is also contemplating increasing the number of stock points to ensure people do not face any hardships in purchasing sand.

Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting on sand supply on Wednesday. On the occasion, he asked the officials to look into the possibility of setting up special yards for bulk users. Check-posts should be set up to check illegal transportation of sand and they should be equipped with CC cameras. There should also be a mechanism for constant monitoring of CC footage, he said.

When he asked about the availability of sand vis-à-vis demand, the officials said the present stock is about 23,000 tonnes, while the daily average demand has been pegged at between 10,000-12,000 tonnes. The figures were calculated on the basis of the proportionate purchase of cement in the State, the officials said.

Mr. Jagan said attempts were on tarnish the image of the government. The criticism on the government stems out of the fact that it is working towards corruption-free governance. The officials should give no room for the criticism, he said.

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The Chief Minister said stocks should be built up after the floods receded. There should not be any syndicate or mafia operating and trying to trade in sand, and people should not face difficulties in getting the required sand. The builders should be given information about the time and availability of sand, he said.

When asked about the transportation of sand, the officials said there were difficulties in procuring it due to rains and floods. The riverside sand dunes have been washed away due to heavy rains, they added.

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