Manufactured Sand comes to the rescue of sand shortage
Urban development is the key indicator of the growth of the Indian economy, and construction. Both infrastructure and real estate, play a key role as a measure of growth. Sand, the backbone of the construction industry, has become a problematic resource to procure in India. Availability and inferior quality have contributed to the price volatility in this resource – classified as a minor mineral under the National Mineral Policy instituted in 1993. With the problems associated with sand, namely illegal mining by the sand mafia, heavy price volatility, inferior quality and non-grade material, and a high demand to spurt growth, sand is a critical mineral of very high value. Whether a river sand mining ban by NGT or a state government regulation to optimally dredge the rivers, the problem with sand supply cannot be resolved by only institutional regulation. The industry needs an answer to the underlying supply side problems.
The most trusted alternative to sand is manufactured sand (also known as M-sand). This technology helps alleviate the risks associated with natural sand procurement. By derisking the construction sector from heavy price volatility, and dependence on illegal sand supply manufactured sand provides an uninterrupted supply and consistent quality. This, no institution related to the natural and river sand regulations has been able to deliver.
Manufactured sand as a concept has many manifestations in the current Indian market. Unwashed quarry dust, crusher dust (both 2&3 stage) are being passed off by this name. To take