September 9, 2018 at 10:37 am #3113
Brick kilns Lahore closing
Brick kilns expected to be closed for 2 months in Lahore
By 24 News HD – Sept 8, 2018September 9, 2018 at 10:46 am #3114
So news are circulating that government has decided to close brick kilns in and around Lahore for around 2 months starting from Oct 20 up till Dec 31st. Reason for closing is a precautionary measure for the upcoming smog season in Lahore. City has been witnessing severe smog season for a couple of years now in the month of November every year which makes breathing difficult and visibility level also goes down. It also causes several health issues related to infections of ENT.
So what and how will it effect the construction industry? Will there be any alternate source of income for the poor brick kiln labor that work on daily wages basis? Talking about the construction industry, brick prices have already gone up in Lahore region since this news has started circulating and people are already planning to store bricks in advance. Once this ban is in place, brick kiln owners will definitely raise the prices of available stock. Construction cost/prices that have already gone higher in recent months due to increase in prices of steel, cement and labor might further go up after this latest development. Though brick kiln owners are trying to obtain a court stay order against government but it is unlikely to go in their favour.
Got any latest news related to this issue? Kindly add in this topic!October 2, 2018 at 11:33 am #3273
Kiln owners increasing brick prices on every Wednesday. Just because people are getting panicked and stocking bricks in bulk, all brick kiln owners are cashing the situation. Only if people and domestic buyers of bricks for few days boycott the use of brick, situation can be controlled. The way government announced and decided to close the brick kilns for two months was the most stupid decision taken by any government regarding construction industry in years! Cement prices are increasing at same instance, steel prices about to increase due to increase in gas prices and bricks prices going crazy! Planning to build 5 million houses in 5 years and taking weird decisions even before the launch of project!October 22, 2018 at 5:25 am #3411October 29, 2018 at 12:04 pm #3449
Brick kilns were supposed to be closed on 20th Oct which actually didn’t happen and new date was issued i-e 27th october. Even on 27th october brick kilns did not shut down and are still operational. A notification was issued from deputy commissioner office on 27th October regarding the prices of bricks which is attached below:November 8, 2018 at 1:03 pm #3524
As of today, almost 80% brick kilns have completely stopped the kilns. Brick prices still at rise and no implementation on above notification so far in the market!December 10, 2018 at 6:37 am #3585
Reopening of brick-kilns
By Pakistan Observer – November 28, 2018
PUNJAB Government has taken a wise decision by ordering re-opening of brick-kilns in the province, although it is partial reopening and needs to be looked into in a broader framework. As per reports, the provincial government has allowed brick-kilns to resume their operations in twenty-five districts while those in eleven others would remain closed, perhaps until end of December when smog problem starts mitigating.
There is no doubt that the decision to close down brick-kilns in Punjab was motivated by the desire of the authorities concerned to address the issue of environmental degradation. The decision was taken at the recommendations of the Smog Commission which also asked brick-kilns owners to convert their brick kilns to new zigzag technology during the closure period. It was also decided that substandard fuel being used in brick kilns will not be tolerated during this period. Brick Kilns Owners Association of Pakistan is supportive of the governmental requirement to adapt zigzag technology and in fact a model plant has also been set up in Lahore but its demand that the Government should subsidize the adoption of the technology also deserves consideration by the Government. The money that the Government spends on tackling the consequences of environmental pollution should better be spent on environment friendly technology. There should be no whimsical decisions of closing down brick-kilns as it amounts to depriving the construction sector of a vital ingredient for construction. Already, the decision has led to substantial increase in price of bricks and weak enforcement and vigilance means the price-hike would not be reverted even after reopening of the brick-kilns.
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