Humanosity says…The construction boom in India has led to a huge demand for sand. When the legal supplies run out criminals move in. This 24min film from Al Jazeera looks at the human cost……
As India continues to develop its economy, construction is booming. This means that demand for concrete has exploded and what few people realise is that this means demand for sand has also exploded. So much so that these days, sand is now almost as valuable as gold.
Like most countries experiencing a construction boom the problem is that most legal avenues for obtaining sand are massively oversubscribed. As a result, organised crime has stepped in to supply this demand, pillaging millions of tonnes of sand from the nation’s beaches, riverbeds and hillsides.
101 East follows the brave activists risking their lives in the fight to stop this lucrative black market trade.
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