Boom Time For Illegal Sand Mining, Kerala State, India

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Photo source: ©© MJardeen. Kozhikode, also known as Calicut, is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast. Kozhikode is the third largest city in Kerala state.

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With the coastal city of Kozhikode’s construction sector flourishing, illegal sand mining and misuse of sand passes have spawned a multi-crore business, setting off a range of social, legal and environmental issues…

A 5-tonne truck load of sand sourced through official channels costs around Rs 2,800. In the black market the same quantity is sold at Rs 8,000. And the huge demand and supply gap has spawned a parallel economy with the active collusion of political parties, law enforcement agencies and workers involved in illegal mining…

“The sand mafia is one of the most organized bodies with clout among political parties, organized labour and even enforcement departments…

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