MCHI urges govt to address sand shortage problem
Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) has expressed serious concern over the shortage of sand supply which is affecting the construction industry badly. The apex body of real estate developers has sought state government’s urgent intervention to resolve the problem.
In a letter addressed to Maharashtra Revenue Minister Narayan Rane, MCHI President Sunil Mantri said, "The construction sites at various places across Mumbai city have come to a halt on account of acute shortage in the supply of sand.” He has urged the minister to look into the matter and resolve the issue at an early date.
The MCHI President has suggested some alternative steps such as allowing import of sand from the neighbouring states, removal of Excise Duty and other Taxes on artificial manufacturing of sand and providing the incentives on innovative technology developments by the developers.
Recalling the MCHI’s joint initiative with the state government announced early this year for providing five lakh homes in the coming five years, the MCHI president said that the availability of sand is very crucial in order to meet the target set for creation of affordable housing stock.
Maharashtra has total sand consumption of 65.55 million tonnes with a growth rate of 7%. The shortage of sand likely to affect the real estate development in the state of Maharashtra, the MCHI President opined.