Vijayawada

Sand scarcity showing signs of easing in Guntur

Trucks lined up on service road to transport sand at the stock point at Pedakakani village near Guntur.

Trucks lined up on service road to transport sand at the stock point at Pedakakani village near Guntur.   | Photo Credit: T. Vijaya Kumar

Supply touched 15,000 tonnes per day

After months of sand scarcity, that crippled construction activity in the region, the situation is showing signs of easing. Sand is being excavated from open sand reaches, decasting patta lands and moved to stock points before being sold online.

Joint Collector Dinesh Kumar said there were 19 open sand reaches and five decasting patta lands in the district. Presently, the district administration identified sand dumps of L&T and NCC in the Capital region and was getting around 15,000 tonnes per day.

In addition to this, the district administration had identified five open reaches. In Didugu mandal, upstream of Prakasam Barrage, sand extraction began on Wednesday. The sand extraction has also gone up with 8,000 tonnes of sand excavated by Wednesday, and 20,000 tonnes despatched.

“The situation is definitely improving and as the floods recede, we are expecting quality sand from the sand reaches. We will gradually increase the supply of sand, and within a month, the situation will completely ease,” said a senior official monitoring the sand supply.

Reaches identified

The district administration had identified sand reaches at Kolliapara, Munnangi, Kolluru, Annavaram, Atchampet, Didugu, Dharanikota and Prathuru villages, where sand mining can be done in 87.078 hectares, and the quantity of sand available is 1.30 lakh metric tonnes. However, many of the sand reaches are still submerged.

The new sand policy allows sand mining in patta lands and in Guntur district, patta lands extending up to 95.586 hectares had been identified, in which an estimated quantity of 14.49 lakh cubic metres of sand is expected to be excavated.

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