He was replying to a plea by AIADMK (Amma) legislator A Anbalagan on availability and cost of cement. In Tamil Nadu, the "Amma Cement" scheme has been active for the past few years. Under this scheme, cement is sold at Rs 190 for a 50-kilogram bag to low and middle income people building houses up to 1,500 square feet.
Mr Kandasamy said the proposed cement scheme in Puducherry would be named after Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy said Puducherry does not have industries manufacturing cement, so it will be procured from outside and sold at subsidised price.
Mr Anbalagan said a severe shortage of sand for the last three months has halted construction activities.
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