The Punjab Coal Dealers' Association on Wednesday asked the brick kilns owners to clear all dues, which were lying pending for the past several years, and had caused financial implication on coal dealers of the state.
The members of the association said if the brick kiln owners were not able to pay their dues by the end of this year, the supply of coal to these kilns would be snapped. They also said even if any dealer provided coal to the kilns, they would be dealt be boycotted.
Manmohan Singh Pappu, president of the association, said there were several brick kilns that had not cleared their dues for the past several years. There were at least 125 wholesale coal suppliers and 3,000 brick kilns in Punjab, Pappu said.
A single brick kiln is provided with 500-600 tonnes of coal every year. Rajiv Sharma, secretary of the association, said some brick kiln owners had to make a payment for the past two to three years.
“The association will form a 10-member committee which will hold talks with the brick kiln owners regarding the payment of their dues” Sharma added.