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‘100pc use of block bricks in govt installations by 2025’

Published : 19 Jan 2022 10:22 PM | Updated : 20 Jan 2022 04:14 PM

By 2025, 100 per cent use of block bricks will be ensured for building government installations. If this happens, the illegal brick kilns in the country will be stopped.

The Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change Shahab Uddin made the remarks while speaking at a programme after the first session of the second day of the Deputy Commissioners' Conference at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Wednesday.

The minister said, "In 2025, we will be able to use block bricks in 100pc government installations. A notification has been issued in this regard. When we use 100 pc block bricks, the illegal brick kilns will be halted. We have sought the cooperation from the deputy commissioners for stopping all the illegal brick kilns in the country."

Most of the brick kilns are being built by local influential people. In this case, many times the deputy commissioners have been harassed while trying to stop the illegal brick kiln, according to various media reports, said the minister.

The administration will co-operate the deputy commissioners to stop the activities of the illegal brick kilns. If the deputy commissioners have any problem in stopping the illegal brick kilns, the administration, ministries and the law enforcers will assist them, he added.

Regarding the directives of the district commissioners, Shahab Uddin said, "The district commissioners need a lot of cooperation for protecting the environment and biodiversity against the adverse effects of climate change. We have given them guidance in this regard. We have asked them to stop cutting down hills and trees to protect the environment. They will take necessary measures.”

The minister said that they need cooperation in all areas to protect wildlife and biodiversity. In order to achieve the SDGs, another 16 pc afforestation needs to be shown and coop1eration has been sought for this.

The minister further said that a letter had been sent to the deputy commissioners from the environment ministry earlier to stop the occupation of forest land. 

“We have already sought their cooperation to save the environment. None will be able to occupy the forest illegally,” he said.