Directorate of Mines & Geology
Government of Goa

Mineral Resources of Goa - SAND

  • Sand is available mainly in three forms in the State of Goa. They are Ordinary sand, Silica sand & Beach sand.
  • Ordinary sand is brought by the river originating in general from Western Ghats and flows towards West & joins Arabian Sea.
  • The process of weathering helps deposition of sand.
  • Sand is collected mainly from the river Mandovi, Zuari, Terekhol, Chapora & its tributaries.
  • On upstream the sand is collected manually, screened and supplied directly.
  • Where the water column is more the sand extraction is done with the help of canoes and bucket attached to bamboos.
  • Sand is used in making concrete in construction activity.