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River sand prices skyrocket in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The prices of river sand, a crucial factor in the construction sector of the city, are soaring. The prices, according to sand dealers, are increasing owing to the distances from where they have to procure river sand for the city. With no river sand available in the neighbouring districts of the city, sand lorry operators travel all the way to Karimnagar, Kaleshwaram, Warangal and even Eturnagaram in Jayashanker-Bhupalpally district to get sand and meet the city’s demand.

Though summer is usually when the construction sector here bustles with activity, sand dealers[1] and lorry operators[2] say there is a lull in the past few months, mostly due to the difficulty in getting river sand. “Even during the summer, many people have not yet started construction, including the contractors of major construction projects, who book the stock online through government websites or call for tenders,” said Ashok Reddy, a sand dealer in Uppal.

According to Satyanarayana, another sand supplier at Rethibowli here, says one has to pay Rs 8,800 as Demand Draft (DD) to the Telangana Mining Development Corporation, Rs 5,000 for transportation and Rs 4,000 for other expenditures, which include the check-post fee. Adding the profit of the dealer, the price is now around Rs 28,000 per load. “First we register ourselves on the website with vehicle number and then got the allocated area to load the stock in our lorries,” he said.

“This year, sand prices have already gone up by about Rs 1,500, from last year’s Rs 27,000 to 28,600 per load,” he added. Surprisingly, even as the lorry operators somehow manage to procure the sand, the number of takers is less. Stating that the increasing price could be one factor, Reddy said some dealers were now reducing the price and selling a load at Rs 25,000 as well. “In each lorry, we load 22 tonnes of sand, each tonne costing around Rs 1,250 to 1,300,” he said.

References

  1. ^ sand dealers (telanganatoday.com)
  2. ^ lorry operators (telanganatoday.com)
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Daventry calculates saved lorry miles

RAIL FREIGHT

26 May 2017

The operator of the Daventry Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) in the Midlands has published an estimate for how many lorry miles the trains remove from the road network.

The release of data by WH Malcolm follows the Government’s recent decision to reduce the subsidy given to support rail freight flows, with Daventry traffic a major loser, raising the possibility of hundreds of thousands of additional lorry journeys (LTT 03 Mar). The grant changes came into effect at the start of…

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World’s first autonomous electric ship to replace 40,000 HGV journeys

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A new autonomous electric ship due for launch next year is being flagged as an environmental game-changer for global maritime transport.

Every day, more than 100 diesel truck journeys are needed to transport products from YARA’s Porsgrunn plant to ports in Brevik and Larvik where we ship products to customers around the world. With this new autonomous battery-driven container vessel we move transport from road to sea and thereby reduce noise and dust emissions, improve the safety of local roads, and reduce NOx and CO2 emissions,” says Svein Tore Holsether, president of the fertilizer company YARA[1].

Over 50,000 ships ply the world’s oceans to carry an estimated 90 per cent of everything we buy, sell and consume. However, shipping remains the only sector of the European economy not covered by the EU’s existing emissions reduction target, which is surprising given that emissions from international maritime transport have grown by 70% since 1990.

There is little doubt the Paris climate agreement’s target of limiting global warming by less than 2°C will be near impossible without curbing shipping’s greenhouse gas emissions – not least because a European Parliament study found that shipping will be responsible for 17% of total emissions in 2050 if left unregulated.

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The environmental impact of shipping includes significant emissions of CO2 and sulphur, sound pollution that is detrimental to marine life and contamination of the seas through the dumping of bilge and ballast water. The electric ship cannot arrive soon enough.


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