Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: The severe shortage of sand for construction works has landed the government contractors here in trouble. They contend that it is now practically impossible to complete on time the public works entrusted with them. Delay means payment of huge amounts as fine to the government. The government is yet to heed their repeated demands to grant special permit for sand for public works.

The office-bearers of the district unit of the Kerala Government Contractors’ Federation (KGCF), in a press conference here on Monday, said that the federation was seriously mulling a blanket boycott of government tenders and stoppage of all ongoing public works if the authorities were not willing to meet the “just demand.”

Basheer Kundayithodu, secretary of KGCF, said that the contractors’ associations had been demanding a special permit of sand for public works from the time the government brought in restrictions on free availability of sand. “Nothing has been done so far,” said Mr. Basheer.

KGCF district organising secretary V. Chithranganath said that the government should immediately extend deadline for the ongoing public work contracts and exempt them from paying fine for the delay caused by shortage of sand.