DELHI: Describing the National Green tribunal (NGT) populist ban in sand mining as arbitrary and anti growth , developer’s apex body CREDAI Chairman Lalit Kumar Jain, today indicated that the developer community is considering appropriate legal options to challenge the order. The nationwide stay on sand mining from river beds by the NGT adds to the ever increasing burden on the real estate industry.
Jain, who is also the CMD of Mumbai-Pune developer Kumar Urban development Ltd, said it is shocking that NGT thinks sand mining causes floods in rivers. Silting, on the contrary, allows free flow of rivers and prevents floods, he said.
“Sand is one of the most essential inputs for any construction. Planners, while issuing building permissions must also assess the requirement of material like sand or metal. The ban might serve the populist purpose, but it is a retrograde move as it harms the nation’s growth,” he said. I do not think it is proper for any authority to pass orders without giving opportunity to concerned parties like the developer community. The ban will also increase result in sand smuggling add to the growth of sand mafia, instead curbing it. One most important point that one has to remember is that plaster quality particularly in urban areas and coastal cities like Mumbai is worsening by the day because of non availability of quality river sand. It is common knowledge that the use of sand mine with mud and pollutants from the creek is adversely affecting the quality of construction”, he further added.
It is also responsibility of the district collectors to issue permission for sand mining to match the requirement of the construction industry, for which they issue certificates. The ban will lead to delays in project completion, thereby increasing the cost by threefold as it will have to be imported from countries such as Pakistan and Cambodia to bridge the shortfall in supplies. Besides realty sector, sand is an important ingredient in infrastructure projects like mass rapid transit systems and metro projects. It is also a primary constituent in core sector projects such as power plants, Jain pointed out.
He said as it is the industry unduly burdened with t he huge increase in sand prices over the past three years. Instead of forcefully banning, the government must focus on finding alternative solutions in the nation’s interest.
About CREDAI: The Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Associations of India (CREDAI) is the apex body for private real estate developers in India. CREDAI represents over 8,800 developers through 20 states and 114 city chapters across the country. Its numerous initiatives and activities help developers come together and work towards better practices, improved customer service and a stronger realty industry.
Acting as the voice of India’s Real Estate industry, CREDAI has been the guiding force for the growing Real Estate sector in India bringing more transparency to rid the sector of its most potent virus, Corruption and Red-Tapism.