Coal-fired brick kilns won’t be allowed to operate in the National Capital Region(NCR) even if zig-zag technology is used and improved procedures are followed during severe pollution.
According to the National Green Tribunal, “Unless there is a change to a cleaner fuel (PNG), brick kilns beyond the number specified cannot be allowed in the NCR.
It said that the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has found that there is no assimilative capacity during the period air quality is severe and only during the months of March to June, there is a limited capacity.
“Those brick kilns which switch over to PNG will be entitled to operate even beyond months of March to June and even beyond limited number mentioned, subject to compliance with the law,” said a bench headed by NGT Chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel.
The tribunal said that a distance of at least 500 meters is required to be maintained in the location of brick kilns.