Ministry instructs to use sea sand from the Muthurajawela sand yard for the construction industry
Mon, Aug 9, 2021, 10:43 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Aug 09, Colombo: The Ministry of Urban Development and Housing states that the process of preparing the sea sand from the Muthurajawela sand yard for the use in the construction industry has been expedited.
This project is being implemented on the instructions of the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Minister of Urban Development and Housing.
The Sri Lanka Land Development Corporation (SLLDC) points out that with the use of the washed, cleaned and dried sea sand from the Muthurajawela sand yard for the construction industry, the river banks have been protected from collapsing and riverbeds from the damage of sand mining.
The sea sand at the Muthurajawela sand yard, which was not used for the construction of Katunayake-Colombo Expressway, had been wet from the rain and dried from sun for years.
The sand was tested by sand engineers and the quality test reports obtained confirmed that the sand was in the same condition as river sand.
Cabinet approval was then obtained for the sea sand project, which was to pump sea sand to land by pipeline at a distance of 16 km from the sea.
The existing stock of sand in the Muthurajawela sand yard belongs to two sections. That is, as washed sand and unwashed sand. Both types of sand are currently being sold at the yard and in addition to the main yard at Muthurajawela.
In addition to the main yard at Muthurajawela, the sand is also available to consumers at Kelaniya, Nawala, Kiri Mandala Mawatha and Aththidiya.