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‘Online selling, monopoly in transportation to trigger price rise, unfair practice’

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City traders oppose new govt policy on sand trade, submit memo to finance minister

Indore : Traders of city have opposed the new policy of state government pertaining to excavation, online sell and transportation of sand, alleging it would lead to price rise of the basic ingredient of construction and also encourage monopoly trade practice, triggering a storm in the associated industry.

President of Reti Mandi Traders Welfare Association, Mohanlal Sharma and member Manish Ajmera said that “The government is trying to roll out a new policy on sand trade, which would authorise janpad panchayats to excavate sand from rivers along with local bodies and keep it in their custody. According to the policy, the sand would be further sold online and only a single transport company would be allowed for its transportation.”


In the name of janpad panchayats and local bodies, control will be ultimately concentrated in the hands of certain powerful people, who will further attempt to regulate sand trade according to their interests. Thus, it will pose a challenge to over 1,500 traders and transporters of the city and also, over 5,000 other people associated with the trade, particularly labourers, the traders said

The traders warned that “This policy will encourage monopoly and unfair practice in sand trade, as at end of the day, in the name of janpad panchayats and local bodies the control will be concentrated in the hands of certain powerful people, who will further attempt to regulate sand trade according to their interests. Thus, it will also pose a challenge to over 1,500 traders and transporters of the city and also, over 5,000 other people associated with the trade, particularly labourers.”

A delegation of the sand traders association, including Sharma and Ajmera submitted a memorandum to finance minister Jayant Malaiyya in this regard at Residency on Saturday and said that “While we have accepted the online sell of sand, transportation should not be entrusted with only a single company.”