Tamil Nadu AITUC Construction Workers Association has urged the State government to take steps to reduce the price of cement and other construction materials at the earliest.
Its general secretary K. Ravi, in a letter to the Chief Minister, said the price of cement and other materials had gone up by over 30% in the past one month, affecting the public and also resulting in delay in completion of government projects. Though the government could bear the additional cost, the public could not bear the cost. Also, it affected the livelihood of lakh of construction workers.
The letter said the price of all the materials had gone up only after the Assembly elections held in May and wanted the prices revised. Price of materials before and after the election was: one bag cement ₹ 370 to ₹ 570, one unit of M-sand ₹ 5,000 to ₹ 6,000, one unit of sand ₹ 6,000 to ₹ 8,000, blue metal stone ₹ 3,500 to ₹ 5,000, bricks ₹ 23,000 to ₹ 27,000 and one tonne steel increased from ₹ 58,000 to ₹ 72,000 now.
Cement Manufacturers Association in India (CMA) fixed the price of cement for each States in the country. The price of cement was higher by ₹ 120 in the State when compared to the price in Andhra Pradesh and the Chief Minister should intervene and regulate price fixation. The letter urged the Chief Minister to take steps on a war footing and revise the price of materials as prevailed before the election.
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