Distributive policy

Karnataka Govt Considers Policy Change to Boost M-Sand

To meet the growing demand for sand, more licenses will be granted to stone crushing units for the production of M-Sand, Mines and Geology Minister Halappa Achar said.

The government is considering changes in sand policy to increase production of M-Sand in the state, the minister said.

While the state’s annual demand is 45 lakh metric tons, it faces a shortage of five lakh metric tons. Meeting the demand for sand will help put an end to the sand mafia for good, according to the minister.

To meet the demand in Karnataka, 35 lakh metric tons of sand were supplied by M-sand manufacturing units. “We extract about five lakh metric tons from natural sources. We are still five lakh metric tonnes short of sand,” he said.

Reliance on M-sand is key to ensuring a steady supply of sand, Achar said.

Of the five lakh metric tonnes of sand mined from natural sources, he said Hatti Mining Company is responsible for distributing this sand to 15 districts while Karnataka State Minerals Corporation Ltd will distribute it to the remaining 16 districts, he said. -he declares.

Local bodies such as gram panchayats are empowered to extract sand found within their boundaries so that demand is met. Despite this, if there are any cases of illegal mining, the respective district administration will be held accountable, the minister warned.

sand prices

He said the government has fixed Rs 800 for each ton of sand. M-Sand is sold at the rate of Rs 700 to Rs 1,200 per ton.

During the Supreme Court’s clearance to export iron ore from Karnataka, he said 12 of the state’s 28 mineral blocks had been auctioned. Preparations are underway to auction the remaining blocks, which will contribute significantly to increased revenue for the department.

In the last fiscal year, revenue generated by the department was Rs 6,308 crore, an increase of 145% from Rs 4,357 crore in 2019-20, Achar said.