State pollution board asks authorities to seal illegal brick kilns

  • By TOI
  • | Sunday | 11th March, 2018

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has asked the administrations of Puri and Khurda districts to seal illegal brick kilns . On February 12, the pollution board had received complaints against 11 brick kilns flouting environment norms. The kilns also cause water pollution," Panigrahi said.On the day the kilns will be sealed, officials from the pollution board will accompany the district officials. "We have written to the collectors of both the districts and asked them to seal brick kilns. As many as 55 such illegal kilns were operating in both the districts without having obtained environment clearance (EC), the OSPCB said.

BHUBANESWAR: The Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has asked the administrations of Puri and Khurda districts to seal illegal brick kilns .

As many as 55 such illegal kilns were operating in both the districts without having obtained environment clearance (EC), the OSPCB said."We have written to the collectors of both the districts and asked them to seal brick kilns.

Earlier, we had identified those violating the norms and submitted the list to the district officials," said OSPCB regional officer (Bhubaneswar) Hadibandhu Panigrahi The green panel said the kiln operators had access to free sand as most of the kilns were located close to the river beds.

This not only deprives the government of royalty, the unabated use of sand, the burning of brick by using wood and the digging of the earth by using heavy machinery harm the environment.

The kilns also affect aquatic and avian species found in rivers.

"Getting an EC is mandatory for operating a brick kiln as it falls under the minor minerals category.

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