Brick makers join govt in anti-pollution move

New law in offing, manufacturers ready to install PCB devices


Srinagar, Jan 17: Authorities have enlisted support of Kashmir’s brick makers to strengthen anti-pollution laws and regulation of brick manufacturing in the state.  During a meeting between Kashmir Brick Makers Association (KBMA) and Chairman, Legislative Assembly’s sub committee on environment, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, both sides agreed to complement each other in order to regulate the brick kilns in Kashmir.
 “We are happy to know that the government is coming up with a new Act and before that we are being consulted. We have extended all possible support to the government,” said Malik Zahoor, President of KBMA.
 He added that the Association had even expressed willingness to install new anti-pollution devices in the brick kilns “if the pollution control board forwards new ideas.” 
 “The government is concerned about the impact of brick kiln industry on the environment.   Zulfikar was kind to note our explanation. We told him that the brick makers don’t dig out the plains as all the plants are situated at the high altitude,” said a statement from KBMA.
 The government, it is learned, had sought proposals about an alternative to the bricks. “We had a discussion over this proposal. The government is well aware that Kashmir falls in the seismic zone five. We cannot take chance with our fast growing housing sector. Hollow blocks cannot resist even a mild tremor unless reinforced with concrete. But RCC model is the official way of erecting buildings and common people cannot afford such costly construction. This results in compromise with safety; neither government nor we can afford that,” said Abdul Aziz Dar, Joint Secretary of KBMA.
 The brick makers have hailed the sub committee’s direction to the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department in which it was asked to amend the rules and regulations regarding brick kilns.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 17 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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