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These are the boats which take sand from temporary islands that are formed during the low tides on the river Hooghly. Each boat carries about 500 to 700 cubic feet of sand. Sands will be used in the Rajarhat Newtown area, which is the township (extension of the city of Kolkata) building up recently. Each labour earns about 130 to 150 rupees per day for carrying the sand on their heads and dumping them on the riverside. The job of taking sand from those islands is a very risky one because one needs to know the exact timing when the high tide will start and had to stop digging because those islands submerged into water when high tides come.

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