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Island wide sand distribution to be brought under BMC from next year: Amaraweera

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While taking measures to stop the exploitation of sand by middlemen, the environment ministry has decided to carry out the island wide sand distribution under the Building Materials Corporation (BMC) from next year.

The Minister said this during a discussion with sand miners and tipper truck drivers to streamline sand distribution.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa had also instructed Minister Amaraweera to look into the possibility of distributing sand under the Building Materials Corporation.

"This will help to prevent the exploitation of consumers by middlemen, especially in the distribution of sand," he said. "This will also provide the public with the opportunity to use high quality sand for their construction," he said.

"Currently, the Manampitiya sand has the highest demand in the market. But some middlemen mix other sands with Manampitiya sand and sell it at a higher price. Therefore, the government should give priority to protecting sand miners and consumers who buy sand, not the middlemen, "he said.

The price of a cube of sand bought from Manampitiya for Rs. 4,830 has risen to Rs. 6,550 when it comes to the market due to the exploitation of these middlemen, the Minister said.

GSMB Technical Services (PVT) Limited, a state-owned company, will continue to carry out sand mining and sand buying process. They are to supply the Building Materials Corporation for the distribution of that sand. Sand distribution can be handled by tippers currently transporting sand.

The Minister also emphasized that from now on, no one should be given priority in releasing sand. It has also been reported that, in some cases, some individuals use their power and wealth to gain priority in the release of sand. Therefore, when releasing sand, priority will now be given only to constructions of places of religious importance. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 8

  • Sandy Wednesday, 27 October 2021 08:18 PM

    There can't be exploitation of raw materials forever , better start using reusable and recycled materials for construction.

    cineha Wednesday, 27 October 2021 09:06 PM

    Its like engaging Sathosa for essential consumer supplies.....we already had our lessons.

    Lion Thursday, 28 October 2021 05:12 AM

    What ever the method you adopt will fail by your own people in village level.

    Priyanthe De'Silva Thursday, 28 October 2021 07:36 AM

    Cube of inferior sand is between Rs.12,500 to 15,000.

    Waco Thursday, 28 October 2021 10:00 AM

    The Government want to grab every thing like grabbing a heap of Oranges. They will not get a single. These projects will be total failures.

    Priyantha77 Thursday, 28 October 2021 10:35 AM

    Making path to corruption

    Noras Thursday, 28 October 2021 10:50 AM

    The whole operation will be handed over to govt backed henchmen.

    Corruption Thursday, 28 October 2021 03:32 PM

    BMC men should be asked to declare their Assets in the first instance.

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