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Project director appointed for sand quarrying

Image result for sand quarrying trichyContinuing its efforts to streamline sand mining from riverbeds, the State government has created a new post of project director to oversee quarrying operations across the State.

A. Arun Thamburaj, Sub-Collector, Kancheepuram, has been transferred and posted as project director, Sand Quarrying Operations. He will be based in Tiruchi in the temporary post created for a period of one year.

Sources in the Public Works Department said the project director would be overall in-charge of sand quarrying across the State. He has been tasked with improving, streamlining, monitoring, coordinating and getting clearances for sand quarries.

Special Project Circle

Last month, the government had created a special project circle in the PWD exclusively for sand mining and monitoring it.

The measures come in the wake of the recent government decision to take direct control of sand quarrying in the State and sell sand only through online bookings to curb irregularities.

The State government had launched an online booking system through the portalwww.tnsand.inand a mobile app, TNsand.

“Over 18,000 loads have been delivered under the online booking system in the region,” a senior official said.

The average demand for sand in the State is estimated to be about 25,000 lorry loads a day.

While welcoming the posting of a project director, sand lorry operators, however, said getting sand loads still continued to take considerable time.

It still takes about 10 to 12 days for us to get a load of sand.

T.C.B. Sambandamurthy

Tiruchi District United Sand Lorry Operators’ Association


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