Kochi: Builders worried about cement becoming unusable

KOCHI: As cement has been saved idle for greater than a month contractors and residential builders are worried their shares would change into unusable. Small scale contractors and people who find themselves constructing their homes and properties say the cement they’ve stocked have already began to cake. Even cement distributors are involved about the inventory that has already change into ineffective.
“These bags were brought to the godown before the lockdown. It has turned into hard lumps. We will suffer huge loss if the manufactures do not take it back. There is also an issue of disposing damaged cement,” stated VD George, a Kochi-based contractor. He stated the manufactures haven’t responded to requests for taking again broken inventory and offering compensation for distributors.

In locations the place massive portions of cement have been stocked, the distributors search authorities help to dispose it. Cement just isn’t anticipated to final for greater than three months with out getting broken. Kerala Government Contractor’s Association (KGCA) president Varghese Kannampilly stated that the power of cement begins to deteriorate by 20% inside three months of its manufacturing, by six months 40% of the cement’s power shall be misplaced, by one 12 months 40% of the power is misplaced and by two years about 50% of its power is misplaced.

“Most cement vendors have opened shop on Saturday. We can undoubtedly say that the current stock at most places is more than three-months old. Moreover, the manufacturers have hiked the price. There is a hike of Rs 30 to Rs 50 per packet of cement. This price is applicable to the cement that is already stocked. The strength of this product has definitely deteriorated,” he stated. The authorities has allowed to open cement retailers on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

With building actions in non-public sector coming to an entire halt, the demand for cement has additionally come down. In the absence of vehicles and labourers, there’s hardly any work occurring. Even when the development of main infrastructure initiatives resumed, the non-availability of cement and metal have been pointed. Government officers related to building of Vyttila and Kundanoor flyovers have hinted on the scarcity of uncooked supplies.

Meanwhile, trade specialists identified that it’ll not be viable to scale back cement worth beneath pre-lockdown ranges as operating factories at decrease utilisation will even impression viability. Even although there was appreciable decline in demand, cement costs at sure pockets within the nation have gone up.

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