The AP people kept immense trust in the YSRCP government under Jagan Mohan Reddy in the recent elections providing them a landslide victory. Since then there were some hiccups for Jagan but none of them bothered him like the sand crisis situation which is the hot topic now.
The delayed new sand policy by the YSR Congress government couldn’t meet the sand demand and 3 workers committed suicide citing financial conditions in October. The acute shortage of sand in the state has left nearly 30 lakh construction and other related workers unemployed for the last five months since the YSR Congress government came to power in the state.
Although Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy rolled out a new sand policy on September 5 by scrapping the earlier free sand policy claiming to curb the sand mafia, the availability of sand has only gone down stalling construction work across the state, causing hardships to those dependent on the construction sector.
On the other hand, the state government officials are arguing that there is an enough quantity of sand in the state, but recent heavy rains have limited the capacity of sand excavation from the Godavari and Krishna riversides.
According to analysts, currently, one tractor (4.5 tonnes) of sand with transportation charges up to 10 km is of cost Rs 2187. This is an increase of Rs 700 from Rs 1500 (considering the same quantity and distance transported) during the earlier policy.
Reacting to this difficult situation, Jagan said, "We should take pride in claiming that we have been able to get rid of the corruption from the sand mining." He has started a program called Sand weekend, which will start the next week. Let’s see whether it clears the vows of both the people and the government.