Judicial

3 illegal brick kilns fined in Kishoreganj

A mobile court on Monday slapped three brick kilns with a fine of Tk2.5 lakh in Kishoreganj’s Bajitpur for running their business without a licence.

New Qadri Bricks was fined Tk1 lakh, Mamun Bricks Tk50,000 and The Helena Bricks Field Tk1 lakh.

Bajitpur Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Executive Magistrate Diptimoyee Zaman imposed the fine on them for not having approval.

A recent report by the Department of Environment (DoE) and the World Bank on the sources of air pollution in Bangladesh identified three main sources – brick kilns, fumes of vehicles and dust from construction sites.

“Brick kilns are responsible for 58% of air pollution in the capital. Plans have been taken to shut [traditional] kilns currently in operation. We are working to produce eco-friendly bricks,” Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin told UNB.

Kiln owners have already been directed to produce 10% block bricks, the minister said, adding that it would be increased to 100% over time and the use of block bricks would gradually be made mandatory in private projects, too.

Source: United News of Bangladesh