: The second consignment of river sand from Malaysia could arrive at the
in the next ten days, even as the first consignment is set to be sold out in the next couple of days.
Official sources at the Kamarajar Port Limited at Ennore said more than 50,000 tonnes of sand was being loaded at the Penang port in Malaysia. This would take about three days. The vessel would likely arrive at Ennore on November 18, a port official told TOI. However, changes in weather conditions could change the arrival date.
The first consignment from Malaysia of about 52,000 tonnes has been nearly sold out. “The stock will last for the next three days,” said sources, adding that the demand for sand had spiralled in the last few weeks.
The Tamil Nadu government’s first consignment of river sand imported from Malaysia arrived at the Ennore Port on September 23. Sales began on October 8 with the price fixed at Rs 10,350 for one unit of sand measuring 4.5 tonnes.
The Tamil Nadu State Sand Lorry Owner’s Federation S Yuvaraj said the imported sand was most sought after by individuals who are constructing houses for their own use. “The imported sand from Malaysia has become a big hit in the independent house segment, where a section of people rely only on river sand. This was the primary reason for brisk sale of sand sourced from overseas,” he added. He further said that developers did not largely prefer the imported sand because it was not cost effective.
Some 50,000 tonnes imported by a private party at the Tuticorin port, before the government decided to monopolise import of sand, has not seen the brisk sales witnessed at Ennore.