Chennai, June 28: Today the Chief Minister launched an online portal and an app which will focus on ‘supplying sand’ to the needy. A website: ‘www.tnsand.in’ and an application ‘tnsand’ will cater to the demands of the public and the construction industry for uninterrupted supply of sand.
This new portal will be operational from July 1.Inuagurating this scheme, CM Palaniswamy informed that all sand quarries would be closed down in the state in three years and government would take up mining, storing and selling sand at cheaper rates. He urged the builders to go for an alternative for sand - manufactured sand, which is the crushed aggregate of hard granites.
Through this online portal the public and sand truck operators can buy sand only online. The move is aimed at meeting the requirements of end-users and to ensure unhindered supply at a reduced cost. Non-availability of sand has been a cause of worry. Transparency on the government's website is expected to change the situation.
"The Tamil Nadu government's initiative, a long-pending demand of the sector, will help reduce long wait at buy sand quarries and stockyards," Tamil Nadu State Sand Lorry Owners' Association president S Yuvaraj said.
"There are only 28 quarries now and mostly on the Cauvery river near Trichy. The government should open 70 more quarries to meet the demands of northern state, in particular from the Pennar, the Palar and the Kosasthalaiyar rivers. We are glad that a website, one of our key demands, has been launched," Builders Association of India Former President S Radhakrishnan said.