“The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board’s initiative to curb air pollution from brick kilns is “half-baked” and not likely to succeed, the CSE said on Monday. The Board has directed the brick kiln industry to change technology from natural draft to induced draft within 90 days. It has issued a notice to brick entrepreneurs of Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar and Hapur. The step was ostensibly taken to reduce air pollution from brick kiln sources and to improve the air quality in Delhi and NCR.
The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said the technology was inadequate and would not lead to reduction in pollution. “Worse, because of erratic power supply, kiln owners will have to run a diesel generator if they shift to induced draft kilns — which will add to the pollution,” it said in a statement. A clear technological roadmap for the sector needs to be developed, including changing over to fly ash brick manufacturing, CSE said.” The Times of India. Read it on delhiair.org
Steps against brick kilns won’t curb pollution: CSE