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Imported sand can be sold only to PWD: T N government


(G.N.S) Dt. 06
Killing two birds with one stone, the state government has banned the direct sale of imported sand by private players in the market and made the state Public Works Department (PWD) the sole agency to procure sand sourced from overseas. It has come as a bolt from the blue for the construction sector, which was banking on sand from markets abroad to tide over the acute shortage in Tamil Nadu.
The December 8, 2017, guidelines by the PWD on regulation of storage, transportation and sale of imported sand from overseas and other states for constructions in Tamil Nadu underscore that it “should be sold only to the PWD” at the rates fixed by PWD. Noting that the right to store or sell the imported sand for construction purposes would be vested with the PWD, it states that samples of imported sand would be subjected to test to ensure that it is as per the prescribed specifications. “PWD has the power to refuse the consignment of the imported sand from other countries or sand brought from other states for construction purposes, which have not fulfilled the specifications.” Official sources said the guidelines had been framed keeping in mind the quality of constructions using imported sand.

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