Karnataka to import sand from Malaysia -min
The Mysore Sales International Ltd (MSIL) will be importing sand from Malaysia and selling it to the residents after charging GST on the same. MSIL is a Karnataka State government undertaking established with the objective of meeting marketing needs of Karnataka. However, sand will not be sold in loose but will be available in 50 kg bags. Faced with a shortage of sand in the state, the government had taken a decision to import river sand from a Malaysian firm for this purpose.
Earlier, in Karnataka import of sand was not allowed. As the state faced acute shortage of sand due to ban on river sand mining, the government amended the rule to allow import of sand a few months ago. However, sand will be imported through MSIL which is a state government agency. Each tonne of sand, including GST, will cost Rs 4,000 in Bengaluru.
The state has an annual requirement of sand of three crore tonnes. Of this, 40 lakh tonnes is supplied from river basin and two crore tonnes is sold by unauthorized sellers, including sand mafias. There is shortage of 60 lakh tonnes which will be met by MSIL through imports. Slowly MSIL will try to eliminate the sand mafia in the state by increasing the availability of sand.