Man­u­fac­tured Sand comes to the res­cue of sand short­age

NBM&CW - - EQUIPMENT & MACHINERY -

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

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