“BRICK-KILN OWNERS should develop a tendency of adopting new technologies in brick industry,” said IG (Varanasi zone) AC Sharma.
Sharma was speaking as chief guest in a workshop on ‘Problems of Brick-Kiln and Technological Development’, organised in Varanasi on Friday.
“Since the brick-kiln industry has a turnover of worth Rs 8000 crore per annum, there is a possibility of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in this sector in future,” Sharma expressed exhorted the brick-kiln owners to develop a tendency to adopt new technologies to compete with the possibilities of FDI.
Sharma laid stress on the maximum utilisation of coal energy in this sector. “Maximum coal energy is wasted at the time of manufacturing brick,” Sharma said, adding, “Therefore, researchers should do research in a direction to utilize maximum coal energy.”He said brick-kiln owners should be prepared to face the problem of labour under this circumstances when Child labour was enforced.
Speaking as special guest on the occasion, Prof BD Tripathi, a noted environmentalist and a faculty member of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), said there were several misconceptions that brick-kilns were polluting environment by burning coals.
Prof Tripathi clarified that sulfur dioxide, produced during burning of coals in Brick Kiln, was defused by the self-purifying capacity of nature. However, Prof Tripathi exhorted the brick-kiln owners to use anti-pollution equipment at their kilns to check the pollution level.
He said consumption of coal declined considerably because use of chimneys based on Chinese technology.
Prof Tripathi also urged the brick-kiln owners to ensure the re-use of land after being used for manufacturing bricks. Presiding over the function, KK Pandey, president of Brick Manufacturers Council, highlighted the current problems being faced by the brick kiln owners. Dr Sameer Mathil from Tata Energy Research Centre also dwelt on the occasion.