Port Wings News Network
With a view to catering to the needs of booming construction industry in Tamil Nadu, especially for Chennai, Kanchipuram and Tiruvallu districts, the Tamil Nadu state government has liberalized import of river sand from different countries with few conditions.
As part of that import relaxation, Kamarajar Port (formerly Ennore Port) will be receiving a cargo vessel — MV Avaralia — carrying river sand from Malaysia on 21 September 2018.
Due to Tamil Nadu government’s ban on mining sand in river beds in the state, it has led to heavy shortage of that material in construction in the region.
Considering the present situation of slowdown in real estate sector, the state government has decided to give permission to private companies to import river sand with a condition that the same shall be sold through TN Public Works Department.
M/S.Inritham Energy Pvt Limited, Madanpur, Hyderabad, Telangana, has been given permission to import river sand and will be distributed through Public Works Department of Tamil Nadu.
Earlier in October 2017, M/S.Ramiah Enterprises of Pudukkottai imported 55 Tons of sand through VO Chidambaranar Port, Tuticorin, and while they started selling the imported sand directly, the government banned direct sale by private companies.
After a writ petition filed by the company, Supreme Court directed the state government to release the imported sand with a condition that the sales could be made only through TN Public Works Department and the government should pay Rs.2050 per MT to the importer.
Utilizing the opportunity for more cargoes, Kamarajar Port made continuous efforts to lure importers to use their port facility for sand imports.
With their efforts paying off, importer agreed to bring river sand cargo via Kamarajar port and finally the first vessel is arriving on 21 September 2018.
Arrangements have been made to offload within three to four days. The imported sand will be handed over to PWD of TN for further sale to consumers.
According to port sources, anyone who requires the sand for their construction activity can apply the same through online.
The material will be supplied directly to the end user or they can take delivery from port. The details like cost (rate per ton) and procedures for placing orders will be notified by PWD. If the sales go as planned, the state government will consider for allowing further imports.
According to people in construction sector, Tamil Nadu government’s policy allowing import of river sand will remove the slackness in construction activities and the industry will be geared up for sure. Whether the import will bring down illegal sand mining in the state or not, it will certainly help the construction industry to stay on course of meeting building deadlines.