The most wanted import in Kerala nowadays is the river sand of Gujarat. Ships loaded with thousands of tonnes of river sand from Gujarat travel to Kerala frequently to satisfy Kerala’s construction industry needs.
It is interesting to note, that why Kerala seeks river sand from place as far as Gujarat. Kerala’s rivers were ruined by sand mafias due to heavy mining activities that continued for period of as long as twenty years.
This resulted into shortage of surface water in rivers in winter and summer seasons. Kerala first controlled and then banned sand mining in several districts.
This government action triggered trafficing of river sand from adjoining Tamilnadu state. Last year Tamilnadu banned river sand transportation to Kerala and arranged strict security on all border posts. This has caused great shortage of river sand in Kerala. The Keralians now import sand via sea route from Gujarat. So the latest development is that, the rivers of Gujarat are looted for construction activism in Kerala. In the video above, you can watch one of the ships that has brought thousands of tonnes of river sand from Gujarat.