onstructing the house has been hard with the rising prices of bricks in the last few months. Those constructing new houses are facing a tough time in the absence of bricks. Most of the people believe that the shortage has been created by the brick kiln owners. However the truth is that the brick kilns in Kashmir require more than 40,000 labourers who are mostly non-locals. Out of this, only 2,000 persons are working here currently. Such an atmosphere has been created where the existing people are being choked and their space for carrying out their works which they used to do hassle free before Covid is shrinking with every passing day.
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Similarly like bricks, the price of a truckload of sand has also spiked in the past few Months. One of the sand dealers, since the allocation of mining contracts to non-locals for soaring prices. Until the 2016 riverbed mining in the UT was done by local miners over small spaces through short-term royalty contracts but the new rules after Article 370 mandated authorities hold auctions for minor mineral blocks, measuring not less than five hectares in area, with leases granted for a minimum of five years. The government must take measures to ease up their mode of carrying out works. As the works are not being carried out. Before the pandemic the rate of 3000 bricks was 21,000, now the same quantity is being sold at 30,000. As of now it has become even more difficult for the government departments to carry out construction works, a commoner cannot carry out any works as if now. Therefore, there is a need for the government to act as a facilitator and ease up hurdles that the people are facing right now. Even, government should arrange the travel of non-local labourers.