THREAT TO ENVIRONMENT: Coal costs rise, brick-kilns utilizing carbon powder as gasoline in Punjab
Ruchika M Khanna
Chandigarh, August 6
As costs of coal, the essential gasoline utilized in brick-kilns, soar excessive, a lot of the brick-kilns within the state are switching over to the cheap, however extremely polluting carbon powder produced from rubber.
Not solely is that this powder detrimental to the atmosphere, however it might even result in main well being hazards for kiln staff and people residing within the neighborhood of the kilns. Although the brand new authorities, ever since they’ve taken over, have launched an offensive towards the kilns utilizing the carbon powder, the sheer financial issue is the most important incentive for kiln house owners to change to this gasoline, having the next calorific worth.
“The coal imported from the US is used within the kilns, however it’s in brief provide now. Its worth has shot as much as Rs 25,000 per tonne on the port, and additional freight prices need to be paid over this worth. Carbon powder, produced from used rubber, is being bought to kilns at Rs 15,000 per tonne,” mentioned a Moga-based brick-kiln proprietor, including many in his district had been shifting to this gasoline, principally by mixing carbon powder with agricultural waste.
There are round 2,600 brick-kilns within the state. Due to the monsoon, a majority of those kilns are closed lately. Officers within the Punjab Air pollution Management Board (PPCB) have instructed The Tribune that they’ve simply checked 1,027 brick-kilns to see if any non-consented (allowed, however for which regulatory permission is just not granted) and unauthorised gasoline (like carbon powder, which is illegitimate) is getting used.
The raiding groups reportedly discovered that whereas 533 kilns had been utilizing consented gasoline, 181 had been utilizing non-consented gasoline comparable to agricultural waste or biomass, and 9 had been discovered to be utilizing carbon powder and motion towards these 9 has been initiated.
“We now have taken motion towards these utilizing the extremely polluting substance as gasoline. The checking in kilns will proceed and all steps might be taken to cease its utilization,” Surroundings Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer mentioned.
Brick-kiln house owners, nonetheless, say that lots of the kilns, below the garb of utilizing non-consented fuels like agro waste and biomass, had been truly utilizing carbon powder and even rubber.
The PPCB is looking for advise of the Punjab State Council of Science and Expertise to permit the utilization of environmentally secure fuels apart from coal, like agricultural waste and biomass, within the kilns with out altering the current construction of kilns, mentioned Krunesh Garg, member secretary of the board.
Value shoots as much as Rs 25,000 per tonne
The value of coal has shot as much as Rs 25,000 per tonne on the port, and additional freight prices need to be paid over this worth. Carbon powder, produced from used rubber, is being bought to kilns at Rs 15,000 per tonne. — Moga-based brick-kiln proprietor