Special Correspondent

Resent hike in price of construction materials

SALEM: Salem Civil Engineers Association (SCEA) has expressed its displeasure over the inordinate delay on the part of the Tamil Nadu Government in controlling the steep increase in the price of construction materials such as sand and cement in the State.

To highlight their plight and draw the attention of the Government to their grievances, the engineers in the State will organise agitations in the respective district headquarters on June 12.

All-time increase

The Salem CEA would coordinate with their counterparts in the neighbouring districts of Namakkal, Erode, Karur, Thanjavur, Dharmapuri and Perambalur, the members told media persons here on Saturday

According to SCEA president V. Kumaran, the price of a bag of cement had risen to Rs. 200 from Rs. 150 in March this year. Sand registered an all-time increase of 83.33 per cent from Rs. 1,200 for 100 cubic feet to Rs. 2,200 for 100 cubic feet.

Industry hit

Even the other construction materials such as bricks, copper wire, wood and crushed stones also registered a steep hike correspondingly thus affecting the construction industry in Tamil Nadu.

The members demanded that the Government reopen the sand reach near Mohanur to tackle the crisis.

The engineers also pointed out that confusion in the administration was the main reason behind this crisis.

The recent hike in petrol and diesel price had put the industry further in doldrums.

They said they had already met the Agriculture Minister and briefed him about their plight. The Minister also promised to do the needful. "But nothing has happened so far," they added.

Hence they had no option but to resort to agitation, they said.

The Association secretaries TNP Nagarajan and P. Ramesh and treasurer J. Arvindababu were also present during the meeting.