A severe shortage of construction aggregates, used in the preparation of concrete, due to a ban imposed by the Supreme Court, has affected development work in the district.
The Supreme Court had directed State governments to stop crushing activities in unsafe zones, which causes serious pollution problems. Authorities had been asked to shift stone-crushing units to safe zones. A private contractor, Krishnamurthy, said that the shortage of aggregates had hit construction work badly, and the contractors were forced to purchase aggregates from Narayanpet, Tandur and other places in Andhra Pradesh at double the price.
In Yadgir district, there are more than 16 licence holders operating stone crushing units. As per the directions of the Supreme Court, the district administration had cancelled all the licences. According to Deputy Commissioner F.R. Jamadar, 85 acres of land had been identified and the same would be handed over to the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board for the crushing units.