Made in Malaysia sand is making a comeback
In another push to popularise ‘videshi’ sand, Mysore Sales International Limited (
This is another bid from MSIL after no demand for ‘videshi’ sand in the state. To tide off the sand crisis and save the river banks, the State Government had taken up an ambitious plan of importing sand from
The decision to import sand was taken in 2017 to save the river banks where rampant sand mining was happening (it continues illegally even today), thereby threatening the existence of rivers. Initially, it was planned to import three lakh tonnes of sand every year. A notification was issued in 2017 when to sell the imported sand in plastic bags. However, the order was revised on October 24, 2019 when it was decided to scrap the sale of sand via plastic bags.
Currently, the department of mines and geology of Andhra Pradesh has permitted transportation of sand via road to Karnataka. As per the agreement, MSIL has to pay Rs 60 as royalty per tonne of sand. The imported sand from Malaysia will reach the stockyard in Whitefield. MSIL plans to resume the sale of sand from October. Every month, around 15,000 tonnes of sand is likely to be transported. Each tonne of sand costs Rs 2,750 (excluding GST). The MSIL is hopeful of selling 89,000 tonnes of sand by March 31 next year.
Sources said that as there was less demand from real estate giants or other builders, imported sand should be used by government agencies (PWD,
During the initial days, importing sand from Malaysia (M-sand ) had turned out to be a
However, the State Government had to do a lot to get the deal finalised. MSIL wanted to sell 50-kg bag sand for Rs 200. But many builders in the city prefer M-sand for construction activities.