14-11-201914-11-2019 12:47:04 IST
2019-11-14T07:17:04.717Z14-11-2019 2019-11-14T07:17:01.301Z - - 10-04-2020
With Andhra Pradesh facing an acute sand shortage which resultantly hit the construction sector terribly, the state government on Wednesday announced its measures to counter the problem.
After a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Jaganmohan Reddy, the government decided to imprison sand hoarders for a period of two years. The opposition parties have claimed that the slump in the construction sector has caused at least 35 construction workers committing suicides. The deaths of the workers caused massive outrage in the state with the opposition accusing the state government of being callous about such a serious issue.
Information Minister P Venkataramaiah told reporters after the cabinet meeting that a fine of Rs 2 lakh would also be imposed on sand hoarders. The cabinet also decided to observe a 'Sand Week' from November 14 to take various measures of the availability of sand. The Sand Week aims to make 2 lakh tonnes of sand available to people.
YSRCP government attributed the sand shortage to recent floods and announced several measures to curb hoarding and illegal transport of the sand.
Meanwhile, leader of opposition and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president Chandrababu Naidu will be undertaking day-long fast in Vijayawada on Thursday. The former Chief Minister's fast is aimed at building confidence amongst the construction workers. Naidu, in past has alleged that the sand shortage is a result of actions of sand mafia which has got backing from the ruling YSRCP.
Naidu's fast is the second significant prostest on the sand crisis after Janasena Chief Pawan Kalyan conducted a 'long march' in Visakhapatnam last week.
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