Sand to Maldives

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Indika Sri Aravinda


The cabinet has granted approval to sell sea sand in the Kirinda harbor to the Maldives, the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau told Daily Mirror online. 

The Director of the bureau, Dr. N P Wijayananda said the sand which will be sold was that which had washed ashore after the construction of the Kirinda harbor.

The Fisheries ministry had submitted a paper to the cabinet to seek approval to sell the sea sand to a foreign country as there is no local demand, as the sand is too soft.

However, the Director expressed his concerns in transporting the sand to the Maldives as ships cannot enter the harbor.  (Daily Mirror online)
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  • Nuwan Thursday, 02 September 2010 02:36 AM

    Good, but who will get the money?

    AMICUS Thursday, 02 September 2010 02:47 AM

    GOOD! SELL EVERYTHING, INCLUDING SAND, STONE & SOIL, SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE A JOLLY GOOD TIME - THE MINISTERS!

    Sampath Thursday, 02 September 2010 04:14 AM

    Kirinda sand is rich with Garnet minerals. Is government trying to sell SAND or so expensive GARNET?

    Smart Aleck Thursday, 02 September 2010 04:25 AM

    Whose "hair brained" idea was this? Other countries are filling the sea and extending the land. Are we selling the land and extending the sea? Why can't we use that sand to reclaim part of the eroded Western Coastal Area where the poor people are losing their houses to the sea?

    Dheen Thursday, 02 September 2010 05:25 AM

    Low lying areas were filled and that caused floods and now these guys are blindly creating another disaster. Where are the environmentalists and the pressure group!

    malkanthi Thursday, 02 September 2010 05:28 AM

    All decisions being taken are going to have adverse effect to sri lanka in the long run. Who cares about the future do we??

    TRUTH Thursday, 02 September 2010 06:03 AM

    What a Pathetic Situation. Countries all over the world are filling the Sea to get more space and our guys digging the land to build a harbour which will never give any economical result to the country.

    Navin Thursday, 02 September 2010 06:04 AM

    if you go down galle road towards hikka, it's obvious how much we will have to do to safe guard are beaches.

    here we are selling sand to Maldives , where we will be the next victim of sinking.

    god save SL.

    UniteSriLanka Thursday, 02 September 2010 06:07 AM

    Hope the transport cost does not include in the selling package. Might make some lost otherwise.

    ranjith Thursday, 02 September 2010 06:52 AM

    When Maldivians put sand in to the sea, then the sea water will come to our so called one and only Harbor in the World. That is how it works. fool's don't understand except our learned Cabinet Ministers.

    Reality Thursday, 02 September 2010 07:25 AM

    We can conduct the same business venture once the Hambantota harbour is filled with water.

    Sea water Thursday, 02 September 2010 07:36 AM

    This is the same fate that will befall the Hambantota Harbour if it is not dredged on a daily basis. Hello what is the daily dredging cost??? Another project like Mihin Air!

    Chooti Thursday, 02 September 2010 09:46 AM

    If the sand is too soft for us, what are the Maldivians going to do with it. This is for someone to get a kickback at the expense of the country! So called PATRIOTS!! Do they take us for fools!!!

    umair mohamed Thursday, 02 September 2010 10:01 AM

    WHAT A STUPID MOVE! OUR OWN CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS FACED WITH SHORTAGE OF SAND ETC ,HERE THEY SELL IT TO MALDIVES.. OH WHAT A COUNTRY.


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