Dharwad: The Karnataka State Construction and Quarry Workers Association has urged the government to fix scientific price for sand.
The associaiton members who held protest here in front of Deputy Commissioner’s office on Tuesday submitted a memorandum to DC S B Bommanahalli. They said the construction works had come to a standstill in many places as the price of sand was going up everyday.
Most of the major construction works in the region had been left incomplete for want of sand. The sand price had gone up so much that the contractors were finding it difficult to carry on with construction activities, they said.
The rising price of sand and its scarcity had also affected the livelihood of the construction and stone quarries, they said.
Following this development the construction workers and majority of their families are forced to migrate to other States in search of work, which would have an adverse social and economic impact in the long run, they said.
The district administration should take up the matter seriously and see that scientific yardsticks were followed to fix the sand price and sand was made available for the construction industry. Besides, stern steps should be initiated to stop illegal extraction and transportation of sand which was going on unhindered, the association said.
The protest was led by Association Secretary G H Kareyannavar.