The Central Environmental Authority on Friday approved sand mining off the shores of Wadduwa and Kalutara.
The Coast Conservation Department project will scoop sand off the seabed at depths of about 15 meters, roughly 2 km off the coast. rn
rnThe initial phase of the project expected US$ 5 million is being funded with Dutch aid. rn
rnIn a previous interview Project Director, Coastal Resources Management Project, A R Amaratunga said ldblquote We have already obtained cabinet approval and have submitted the project to the Finance Ministry for evaluation.
rnA stockpile site in Crow Island, Mattakuliya, has already been lined up. An initial 2-mn cubic meters of sand is to be dredged under the project to supply the construction industry, Amaratunga says. rn
rnOver exploitation of river sand deposits and rapidly growing needs of the construction sector, has made sand an increasingly scarce and increasingly expensive commodity. rn
rnPrices of sand have more than doubled since a few mont