Coal India Ltd (CIL) will convert in to sand the overburden at its mines and sell it for construction at competitive rates, an official statement said on Tuesday. Overburden is the topsoil and earth removed to reach the coal.
CIL has already commenced the production of sand and a roadmap of the next five years has been drawn to maximise the output of sand from different coal producing companies under it. “This will make the public sector firm one of the major suppliers of sand in the near future,” the statement said.
CIL subsidiary Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) was the first one to launch this as a pilot project. The sand has been offered to Nagpur Improvement Trust at a much cheaper price for constructing low cost houses under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY). The price of sand is almost 10 per cent of the market price even though the quality was superior.
Following the success of the project and with growing demand of cheaper sand, WCL launched commercial production by commissioning the largest sand production plant of the country near Nagpur.