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Eliran Assa

Tribune Information Service

Chandigarh, July 13

The federal government at this time directed all brick kiln house owners within the state should to undertake zig-zag excessive draught know-how inside 4 months.

KS Pannu, Director, Mission Tandarust Punjab, mentioned underneath Part 5 of the Setting Safety Act 1986, an order was issued in Could, prohibiting the operation of brick kilns based mostly on typical know-how after September 30. A reminder to the identical has been issued underneath the mission to all deputy commissioners.

He mentioned the standard design of brick kilns was not solely power intensive, but in addition posed varied well being hazards and environmental points. However, with the assistance of modified design there was a sizeable discount in carbon emission, thus controlling environmental degradation. “In addition to, there’s direct saving of valuable sources (clay and gas) to the tune of 20 to 30 per cent. In reality, the business has reported 25 per cent financial savings in coal amounting to Rs 15 lakh per kiln in a single season on the adoption of induced draught zig-zag know-how,” he added.

He mentioned the know-how value round Rs 20 to 25 lakh per kiln, however it was simply recovered in a yr by the use of improved high quality of bricks and lesser use of coal.

He mentioned there have been 2,854 brick kilns in Punjab, of which 1,300 had moved in direction of introduction of contemporary know-how. “Practically 700 have fully shifted to the brand new know-how, whereas others are within the course of. Nevertheless, 1,550 kiln house owners haven’t initiated any transfer in direction of introduction of this know-how,” he mentioned, warning them that after the slated deadline the kilns with out zig-zag know-how wouldn’t be permitted to run within the state.

He mentioned if want be after September 30, transportation of coal provides to such defaulters could be reduce off.

Compliance standing

2,854 brick kilns in state

700 shifted to new tech

600 in course of to improve

1,550 but to behave

Eliran Assa