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POST TIME: 14 January, 2019 00:00 00 AM
Regulating illegal brick kilns needed

Regulating illegal brick kilns needed

It is disturbing to note that the brick kilns, mostly sprung up on agricultural land, are burning trees, use topsoil from arable land and soil from the river banks to make bricks in Faridpur and Magura districts. According to local people, the brick factories are destroying the environment, agricultural land and woods under the nose of the local administrations. These brick factories are burning tons of firewood every day, causing air pollution and health hazards.

The Brick Manufacturing and Brick Kilns Establishment (Control) Act 2013 prohibits operating brick kilns without licenses. It also forbids using soil from cropland and hills for making bricks. One must secure permission for sourcing soil from canals, ponds, river banks or char areas. Besides, brick kilns need to have environment-friendly long chimneys with heights between 120-130 feet and are permitted to use coal for fire. But the owners of these brick kilns are running their business illegally threatening the ecosystem as there is no monitoring by the Department of Environment (DoE). There is no dearth of such illegal brick kilns in different places of the country.

The brick kilns, set up by unscrupulous people defying the existing law of the land, are exposing the people living in those areas to serious health hazards on the one hand and contributing to destruction of the country’s forest resources on the other. The brick kilns are also taking away fertility of arable lands. Most of the owners of brick kilns have been running their business without licences and are using firewood instead of coal and gas for burning bricks disregarding the government ban and environmental rules.

These brick kilns are spreading poison in the air and the people living nearby are bearing the brunt of the menace. Needy and gullible people in rural areas are selling their valuable trees not knowing its adverse impact on the environment. As a result, valuable fruit-bearing and wood trees are being cut down indiscriminately. Manufacturing of bricks is required for the development of the country. At the same time, issue of safe environment should not also take a back seat. It is the responsibility of the relevant authorities to take stringent measures against the errant brick kiln owners.