Hyderabad: With increasing construction activity, the Telangana State Mineral Development Corporation (TSMDC) aims to excavate a whopping one crore metric tonnes of sand during the current fiscal. The mining of about 60 lakh metric tonnes of sand has already been completed and stocked in the corporation’s stockyards across the State for usage during the rainy season and beyond.
According to a government estimate, sand consumption in the State is about 2.56 crore metric tonnes (1.60 crore cubic metres) per annum with the TSMDC supplying around 1.76 crore metric tonnes (1.10 crore cubic metres). The remaining sand requirements are met through M-sand supply or from the neighbouring States.
Six new stockyards
At present, TSMDC is extracting sand from over 26 reaches at various locations across the State. About 80 per cent of the sand is being obtained through desiltation of reservoirs. Accordingly, the corporation had built about 369 stockyards near these reservoirs to store the sand and supply the same as per the requirements of consumers. Six new stockyards are being established, including three on the outskirts of Hyderabad at Abdullahpurmet, Bowraram and Vattinagulapalli. Through online booking, consumers are now able to purchase sand from these stockyards.
“In the wake of ensuing rainy season, we have been instructed to keep enough stocks. As the State government is planning to commence partial operations of Kaleshwaram project during this rainy season, most of the sand extraction has been taken up in the project area and will have one crore tonnes within a couple of weeks,” an official of TSMDC told Telangana Today.
Due to its novel sand policy, the State government earned Rs 886 crore in 2018-19, registering about 30 per cent growth in revenues, compared to Rs 678 crore in 2017-18. About Rs 2,214 crore revenue was earned through online sale of sand since the Telangana government introduced the new sand policy after the State’s formation. In the last two months, the sand mining revenues stood at around. In the decade-long Congress rule, the revenue earned from the sand mines was a meagre Rs 39.56 crore.