Valley based Contractors associated with construction business are aghast over the non-availability of building material, which is presently un-available in the market due to the curbs, put by government on the excavation of the various building materials.
A group of the contractors, mostly associated with government and Military Engineering Service (MES), said that they are suffering as their work is on a halt since last six months as the building material like sand, Bajri and stones are not available in the market.
This they said is because government has put a ban on the extraction and mining of these materials, resulting in a halt on different developmental works along with a negative effect on their business.
One of the contractors Mohammad Yousuf said, “On one hand government seems to be keen to begin a new era of development in Kashmir and on the other the ban on extraction of building material is in place.”
“How can development take place, when there is no building material available in the market”, Yousuf said.
They added that they are suffering a great financial loss, as they have already procured machinery and skilled and non-skilled labor from outside the state, for different works allotted to them, but have to pay them and bear the expenses on their boarding and lodging, without any work being done.
The contractors appealed the government to lift the ban on extraction and mining of building material immediately, so that there is no further delay in the development process, which according to them is at halt presently. CNS