Dicey situation for individuals, builders

Bhadrachalam sand now sells for Rs. 700 a tonne

Big builders insulated with adequate stocks

HYDERABAD: Trucks going off the roads from Tuesday midnight following a strike call given by the All-India Motor Transport Congress, threaten to cast a shadow on the construction activity in the city. The strike could affect the transport of construction material, primarily sand which is brought in truck loads from different sources outside the city every day.

Though the usual traffic of sand trucks did not make it to the regular points here on Wednesday, it is expected to turn into greater worry if the strike gets dragged for few more days. The worst hit by would be builders with smaller projects who pick the loads as and when required and also individuals who take up either construction or extension works on their own. Bigger projects might not feel the pinch immediately since adequate stocks are maintained by them.

Impact on price

“Some of the trucks that started early Tuesday evening are here with the loads that were not sold in the day. But if lorries do not start today from either Karimnagar or Bodhan, it will be a problem from tomorrow,” said Mohd. Ayub, a sand dealer at Rethi Bowli. Given the curtailment in supplies, prices of the small sand stocks available in the city too could increase considerably.

“The sand brought from Bhadrachalam is now sold for Rs.700 per tonne while that from Karimnagar is available for Rs.600. There are reports that supply lorries have halted at different points and this could result in no sand supply situation,” pointed out Dharmender Reddy of Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy Sand Suppliers, Yousufguda.