With the constant efforts of the state government, smooth supply of sand is being ensured in the state. Sand prices have reached pre-rainy levels in most districts. To ensure smooth supply of sand under the directions and special efforts of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, the Department of Minerals in the state has approved, a total of 107 sand storage permits, this year. Besides, taking strict action against the illegal excavators of sand in various districts of the state, cases were registered against them and the amount of fine was recovered. According to the information received from the Department of Minerals, 37 cases of illegal mining, one thousand 726 cases of illegal transportation and 26 cases of illegal storage have been registered and the settlement amount of Rs 2 crore 7 lakh 49 thousand 89 has also been recovered from the concerned people.
At present, a tender has been floated in 319 sand mines of the state. Out of which, 210 sand mines are being operated in the state after receiving the environmental consent agreement and for the rest of them, the procedure of obtaining the environmental consent is under process. At present, the tender has been issued for allotment of sand mines in all districts of the state. Additionally, sand mining was banned in the rainforest from June 10 to October 15 for the state of Chhattisgarh, according to the guideline issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India.
The average price of land in the eastern region during the pre-monsoon era was 5000-7000 rupees per highway (10 cubic meters). With the monsoon season at its peak, the price of sand increases every year in the state, but a special effort has been made by the Department of Minerals, to ensure the smooth supply of sand throughout the state, regarding this, a total of 107 sand storage permits were approved in the state.
Due to the storage license area and limited storage capacity, sand prices have witnessed a partial increase. Post monsoon, various sand mines in the majority of districts are currently flooded and repairing and restoration work of the ramps and the access road is also ensured. The process of loading and transportation will commence in the upcoming days in these sand mines, which is expected to reduce the price further.
The comparative analysis and data of district-wise sand prices in pre-monsoon and monsoon stage are as follows:- In Raipur district, the value of sand was 8000 rupees to 9000 rupees pre-monsoon. The rainfall had increased its price from 16000 to 17000 rupees. Currently, it has been reduced from 9000 to 9500 rupees and the cost of sand after ramp construction and access road repair is likely to be Rs 7000 to 8000. Similarly, in the pre-monsoon era of the district of Bilaspur, the prices were Rs 5000 to Rs 6000. The rainfall had increased their price from 10,000 to 12000 rupees.
At present, it has come down from Rs. 7000 to 8000 and after ramp construction and access road repair, the price of sand is expected to be Rs. 5000 to 7000. In the pre monsoon period of Bastar district, the sand prices were 5000 to Rs 6000. The rainfall had increased them up to 7000 to 8000 rupees. The cost of sand after ramp construction and access road repair is expected to be 4000 to 5000 rupees. In Rajnandgaon district, sand prices were Rs. 7000 to Rs. 8000 pre Monsoon. The rainfall had increased the price from Rs 9000 to 10,000.
At present, it has been reduced from 8000 to 9000 rupees and after ramp construction and access road repair, the price of sand is expected to be 7000 to 8000 rupees. Similarly, during the pre-monsoon period in the Janjgir-Champa district, it was Rs 5000 to Rs 7000. The rainfall has increased it to 9000 to 10,000 rupees. At present, it has been reduced from Rs 4500 to Rs 7000, and after ramp construction and access road repair, the cost of sand is expected to be Rs 4000 to 5000.