Brick kilns asked to abide by set norms


Jammu, Jan 7: Legislative Assembly Sub Committee on Environment today inspected various brick kilns in Jammu to get on spot feedback about their impact on environment.
 Headed by MLA, Choudhary Zulfikar Ali, the Sub Committee directed the Brick Kilns Unit owners to improve the surrounding conditions by adhering to the prescribed environment protection norms strictly.
 He directed the concerned to use clay for preparation of bricks from barren tracts to ensure minimum destruction   to the agriculture land.
 Legislators, Choudhary Sham Lal and Prof. Ghoru Ram Bhagat appreciated the working of the Pollution Control Board(PCB), however they directed the concerned that the height of the Chimney used in Brick Kilns Units should be as per the norms prescribed by the PCB.   The Sub Committee called for use of pollution control devices in all Brick Kilns Units. The panel also stressed for proper checking of brick kiln units. 
 Earlier, the Sub Committee interacted with the Association of Brick Kilns and enquired the facilities being provided by various departments to them.
 Later, the Panel convened a meeting of District Level Officers of various departments and took a detailed review of the impact of Brick Kilns on human lives and agriculture.
 The Chairman of the Sub Committee directed the officers and engineers of the Irrigation and Public Health Engineering Departments to register all Brick Kilns Units who have not so far legalised their commercial and drinking water connections.
 Ch Zulfkar also called for comprehensive policy for shifting of brick kiln units from productive agriculture land. He said it should be the joint effort of all, cutting across political ideologies, to ensure that all the viable development initiatives in the State go ahead with full vigour and without any hiccup but there should be zero tolerance on environment pollution.
 The Panel asked the consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department to amend the rules and regulations with regard to brick kilns within shortest time, an official statement said.
 Chief Wild Life Warden   A. K. Singh, Director Agriculture Jammu,   Ajay Khajuria, Commissioner JMC,   K. L. Khagun, Chief Engineer PDD Jammu,  Shahnaz Goni, Regional Director Environment and Remote Sensing   Layaqat Ahmed Dar and other officers and engineers of various departments besides officers of Assembly Secretariat accompanied the sub-committee during their visit.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 7 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 8 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

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