Manufactured sand offers many benefits- less wastage, high strength, superior finish

Sand is one of the principle ingredients of construction aggregates used for purposes ranging from masonry and plastering to concreting and finishing works. Its composition is highly variable depending on the local sources and conditions. Historically sand has been sourced from alluvial deposits like river beds, sea shores and deep earth pits. Its physical composition emerges in different types like the fine, medium and coarse varieties, based on granular size and shape. However environmental pressures, high costs and shortage of natural sources has necessitated manufacturing of sand from quarried material.

Sumit Rakshit, Executive Director-Corporate Occupier and Investor Services at Cushman & Wakefield, suggests that builders consider the available options for making it easier to tackle the demands in the long run.

Says Mr. Rakshit, “Artificial sand or manufactured sand is fast emerging as the clear alternative for the conventional river sand, a rapidly depleting and excessively mined natural resource essential in supporting the natural hydrological cycle.” Manufactured sand, which also conforms to the standard IS Codes (IS:383-1970 ), has been in use in India, particularly in the Ready-Mix Concrete applications for the past 8-10 years.RANJANI GOVIND