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PTI Mumbai
Updated: 30-11-2018 23:30 IST

In view of a ban imposed by the

National Green Tribunal (NGT) on dredging of sand from

rivers and rising demand from the construction industry, the

Maharashtra government is considering allowing import of sand.

Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil gave this

information in the Legislative Council here Friday while

replying to a debate on a calling-attention notice moved by

Vinayak Mete (BJP).

Sudhir Tambe (Congress) urged the government to

promote the use of fly ash generated by thermal power plants

as artificial sand.

The minister said the government has cleared a

proposal to allow use of fly ash in construction of houses,

roads, dams and in other construction activities.

Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde (NCP) said the

use of fly ash in construction activities has not been tested


To another question, minister Patil said the

government has hiked per brass quantity of sand for

construction of houses for personal use from two brass to five


On illegal sand mining, Patil said a fine of Rs 1.5

lakh is imposed on a tempo carrying illegally dredged sand. In

the case of a truck, the fine is Rs 2 lakh.

The Divisional Commissioner, Aurangabad has been asked

to probe illegal dredging of sand at Indalgaon in Ambad tehsil

in Jalna district, he said to a question.

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