NEPC to setup sand mining projects in NorthEast districts
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 15 November 2005, 00:02 GMT]
North East Provincial Council (NEPC) is planning to establish plants to mine sand from sea in the districts of Jaffna, Trincomalee, Batticaloa and Amparai to compensate for the shortage of river sand needed for the construction industry in the districts. NEPC administration is to call for tenders internationally for the setting up of these plants, Mr.T.Thavasilingam, Provincial Deputy Chief Secretary, Engineering Services of the NEPC said at a meeting with officials of the National Reconstruction Association of Sri Lanka (NCASL) held Saturday in Trincomalee.
Sand piles along Allai-Kantalai road in Trincomalee district to be transported to Colombo
Mr.Thavasilingam, NEPC Deputy Chief Secretary (Engineering Services)
Under the proposed sea sand mining project, about six million cubic meter sand will be mined. After pumping sand from sea to plants located on shore, sand will be washed with pure water and silted before being used for construction, Mr.Thavasilingam said.
Meanwhile, the central government authority is to issue a directive to curtail the transport of river sand mined in Trincomalee district to Colombo and other districts in the western province without meeting the demands in the Trincomalee district, said Mr.Thavasilingam during the discussion.
According to Mr.Thavasilingam, the responsibility of identifying areas for river sand mining in the Trincomalee district is likely to be entrusted in the hands of the Trincomalee district branch of the NCASL which will formulate a scheme with priority to ensure the supply of river sand to meet the demand in the district.
Sand piles along Allai-Kantalai road in Trincomalee district
Currently river sand mined in Trincomalee district is being transported in several lorries daily from areas located along Allai-Kantalai road to Colombo and its suburbs leaving construction companies in Trincomalee seeking sand from other districts at exorbitant rates, NCASL sources said.