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First vessel with imported sand arrives at Chennai port: TN CM

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The government has commenced the supply of imported sand to consumers with the first vessel arriving at the port here, K Palaniswami said Wednesday.

This comes in the backdrop of directing the to halt sand quarrying.

Speaking at the valedictory session of CONNECT 2018 conference organised by CII here Wednesday, he said, the first ship with the consignment has arrived at Port.

"Currently, the sale of imported sand has commenced.Under this initiative, sand can be supplied based on the requirement of a customer," he said.

Palaniswami said, an approach road near the Port would be set up to benefit the traders.

Palaniswami had announced in the Assembly in June that the government was in the process of finalising tenders to import sand from various countries for its sale in the state.

Imported sand would be allowed for sale by the government after tests to ascertain its worthiness, he had said.

Referring to the recent launch of Information and Communication Technology policy by the government, Palaniswami said, the policy would address the aspirations of investors, especially those of IT companies.

By implementing the ICT Policy, the would achieve its targets for development of IT sector in Tamil Nadu, he said.

Noting that was becoming the Software as a Service (SaaS) capital in the country, he said, the government has planned to give huge impetus to this sector to make Tamil Nadu a Global SaaS destination.

He appealed to the industry leaders to extend their support by making fresh investments in the State.

Under the free laptop distribution scheme, one of the pet projects of the AIADMK Government, Palaniswami said, till date 38.53 lakh laptops were supplied and this year 15.66 lakh laptops would be distributed.

On the from Tamil Nadu, he noted that in 2017-18 the made from the state was Rs 11,179 crore while it was estimated that there would be 6.38 present in the State.

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First Published: Wed, October 10 2018. 19:20 IST