sand--1Its concern for builders as shortage of sand is likely to hit projects in Mumbai. Concerns have already been raised on the work of Mumbai Metro One which is on in a slow pace. Shortage of sand for construction has now become a cause for concern as several infrastructure projects, including Mumbai Metro, may be affected if the situation does not improve. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority has written to the state for allocation of a sand quota for various projects in the city and region. According to officials working for Mumbai Metro One – the first line of Metro from Versova -Andheri-Ghatkopar, unless something was done, the work on the Metro would slow down. The MMRDA is putting up several flyovers and road over-bridges in the city. It also holds a stake in Mumbai Metro One with Reliance Infra. The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry and the Builders Association of India have already asked the state to intervene. Members of the Builders Association said the problem has been exacerbated by the government order banning mechanized dredging of riverbeds. Supplies from Gujarat were inadequate and the prices had spiralled from Rs 1,200 cu metres to over Rs 1,800 cu metres. Against a daily requirement of about Rs 10,000 cu metres a day, Mumbai was getting only 4,000 cu metres and this was also dwindling on a daily basis. Bureau report – NMTV News.

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