Close on the heels of the steel price hike comes the jacking up of the price of cement.

The price of river sand, which has been in short supply for some time now, is increasing almost on a daily basis.

It is bound to deepen the crisis in the construction industry.

At the macro level, it will affect the development activities of the land and lakhs of workers who depend on the industry for their livelihood.

At the micro level, it will make it difficult for the common man to translate into reality his dream of a modest roof over the head.

What do you think is the way out?

Please send your responses, a maximum of 300 words, marked `Peoplespeak,' to reach us by December 9.

The postal address is: The Hindu, N. H. Bypass, Vyttila P.O., Kochi-632019.

E-mail: `kochipeoplespeak'

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