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Minister Vinay Kulkarni said contrary to the possibilities of using manufactured sand for construction purpose, M-Sand is not viable for such structures

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(G.N.S) Dt. 27
Bengaluru
Mines minister Vinay Kulkarni said contrary to the possibilities of using manufactured sand for construction purpose, M-Sand is not viable for such structures.
Despite the state government bringing a policy to popularise M-Sand, Kulkarni said, “The use of M-Sand in construction of homes is not possible. Whatever said and done, at the end of the day, it is only viable for road construction and such infrastructure activities. As a result we are importing sand to fulfill that gap.”
The minister also justified the import of sand by stating that it will control all illegal sand mining activity in the state.

“There have been several laws enacted to end illegal river sand mining, but to no avail. The sand mafia continues to exercise its control. Now, the importing of sand will help in curbing their activities,” he said.
Kulkarni dismissed all allegations of misappropriation in the importing of sand from south East Asian countries, as alleged by opposition leader Jagadish Shettar, and said the government is procuring the sand only on tendering basis.
“The allegations of misappropriation to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore as alleged by Shettar has no basis. Till date, the state has received sand worth only Rs 37 lakh from Malaysia,” said the minister.
Kulkarni said the government has decided to import 935 tonnes of sand from abroad and all of that will be tendered.

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