Centre wants to end use of burnt-clay bricks in government construction
The Centre is examining if it can ban use of burnt-clay bricks in its construction projects, a move aimed at giving a boost to environment-friendly products.
According to an official, the Union housing and urban affairs ministry has directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to examine whether burnt-clay bricks can be banned for use in its construction projects. 'There are technologies available to produce environment-friendly bricks by utilisation of waste material. To give a boost to environment-friendly products and waste material, the ministry has directed CPWD to examine whether burnt clay bricks can be banned for use in its works,' a senior official said.
The CPWD, which is the largest construction agency of the Centre, has sought a feedback from officials by December 11. The department mostly constructs office buildings of the central government and autonomous bodies, among other structures, across the country.
Traditional brick kilns cause air pollution as they use coal in brick-making process.
In October, the Supreme Court-appointed EPCA pushed NCR states to ensure that all brick kilns implement the 'zig-zag' technology, as specified by the ministry of environment and forests, which can reduce emissions by 80 per cent.
Also in April, the National Green Tribunal had slammed Delhi and neighbouring states for not filing their reply on a plea alleging that illegal operation of brick kilns had resulted in severe air and water pollution in the National Capital Region.