Special Correspondent

SALEM: Salem Civil Engineers Association has thanked the Tamil Nadu Government for taking efforts to bring down sand price in the State.

The Association pointed out that in the recent time, the price of sand had skyrocketed, putting the construction industry here in distress.

Earlier, the Government permitted only two units of sand in a lorry.

However, lorries carried three units and more, and earned huge profit. They unloaded the excess at various points.

They also exploited the situation that arose after the closure of many sand quarries.

Artificial scarcity

When the Government permitted three units, the lorry owners wanted this Government Order withdrawn.

But, the members of the Association met the Agricultural Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam, and explained to him how the sand transporters had created an artificial scarcity of sand.

This was conveyed to the Chief Minister and Minister Ponmudi who had taken steps such as allowing the lorries to carry three units of sand and extending the time given to quarries for meeting the demand to 24 hours.

These steps, the association members said, had brought down sand price. Its Tamil Nadu chapter president N. Ramarao and district president V. Kumaran thanked the Government.