Andhra Pradesh

Sand shortage set to ease: official

New set-up: Arrangements apace for supply of sand from September 5.

New set-up: Arrangements apace for supply of sand from September 5.  

‘Govt. readying 102 sand reaches and 57 stock points’

The construction industry can look forward to good days as the government is rolling out a new sand policy from September 5, which is expected to ease the shortage of sand and make it affordable to the common man.

“The government is taking some revolutionary measures to ease shortage of sand. We are readying 102 sand reaches and 57 stock points. All that the consumer needs to do is to book sand online and get it delivered at his home,” a senior official of the Mines and Geology Department said here on Saturday.

East Godavari leads with 13 stock points followed by Krishna (6), West Godavari (5), Nellore (6) and Guntur (4). Andhra Pradesh is among the sand deficit States in the country as it has only 1.2 crore cubic metres of sand against the demand of 2 crore cubic metres.

The construction sector needs a lot of sand, and the demand for sand in ratio to cement is pegged at 1:2. “However, vast quantities of sand have been transported illegally to neighbouring States such as Telangana and Karnataka, causing a deficit in A.P.

The artificial scarcity has also made sand dearer to the common man,” the official said.

NGT order

On the other side, indiscriminate mining of sand from the riverbeds has increased the environmental concerns, prompting the river conservationists to file a bunch of petitions before the National Green Tribunal. The NGT, after taking cognisance of various reports, blamed the previous government and levied on it a fine of ₹100 crore. The State government, however, appealed to the Supreme Court, which stayed the order.

“We are more concerned about the ecological disaster and are keen on preserving the sand stocks. We are determined to make sand available to the common man, and that is the reason why we have placed restrictions on illegal mining and transportation of river sand,” the official said.

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