PALAKKAD: Finance Minister T.M. Thomas Isaac on Saturday said certain vested interests were trying to scuttle the government move to remove sand from the Malampuzha reservoir and meet the shortage of sand in the State.
Addressing the media after an all-party meeting on sand-mining in Malampuzha, the Minister said the government would take steps to transport the sand already removed from the dam in another three weeks, before the onset of monsoon.
The Minister said vested interests were running a campaign that Malampuzha sand was not of good quality. But two agencies had certified it to be of good quality. “If anybody wants more quality, they can ask for another filtering process for which they have to bear the cost,” the Minister said.
Dr. Isaac said a treasury counter was opened at Malampuzha on Saturday where anyone who wanted to buy sand could pay the required amount and get a pass and Kerala Mineral Development Corporation Limited (KMDCL), which is authorised to remove the sand, would supply it for the amount paid.
He said SIDCO would sell the sand removed from Malampuzha in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam from its yards.