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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