Punjab transfers all 7,986 brick kilns on zigzag technology

By: News Desk
Published: 05:12 PM, 2 May, 2021
Punjab transfers all 7,986 brick kilns on zigzag technology
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The Punjab government on Sunday taking a big step to resolve environment pollution issue transferred all the brick kilns on zigzag technology, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

There are total 7,986 brick kilns across the province and after transferring all of these on zigzag technology, it would be helpful to control the pollution issues especially the issue of smog in Punjab.

Pertinent to mention here that the zigzag technology is similar to FCBTK Technology and the major difference between them is just air flow path in zigzag style.

The zigzag technology is a continuous, cross draught, moving fire kiln in which air flows in a zigzag path due to the draught provided by a chimney.

It is worth mentioning here that the provincial government had already decided to grant soft loans to the brick kiln owners at just two percent service charges that would be returned in the next two years. 

Taking to Twitter to make the announcement, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar said that smoke from the brick kilns was a cause of major air pollution issues in the province especially in the surroundings of Lahore.

“We have to close down these brick kilns during the four months of winter previously,” the chief minister said as smog covering Punjab cities during winter has remained an important cause of concern for the provincial authorities.

He said that owing to the efforts of the Punjab government, all 7,986 brick kilns have been shifted to zigzag technology, which will help in reducing the carbon emission to 60 percent.

The chief minister also shared a map, showing the presence of kilns on it that are converted to the new technology.

The smoke from the brick kilns previously has led to causing smog onwards from the month of November, leading to low visibility which resulted in scores of road mishaps, disturbance in flights and train schedules, etc.

Adviser to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam also lauded the Punjab government and Usman Buzdar for converting 100 percent of brick kilns to zigzag technology in a record six months’ time.

He said in his message from Twitter handle that the effort would lead to 60 percent less carbon emission and 30 percent saving in costs.

Reporter Qazafi Butt