Brick kilns shifting to cleaner technology, but progress is slow

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Brick Kilns around Delhi are converting to a technology that would reduce coal consumption by 20 percent.  20%?  That’s good, but is that all?

Why are hot temperatures necessary to make bricks?  Why is expensive and valuable topsoil the most commonly used input for something as dead as a brick?  Or Why can brick kilns not be electric or gas based?  And why can governments not provide direct incentives for developing and moving to a truly low pollution technology?

While we would welcome the improvement over the past, it is now time for regulators especially CPCB to think bigger steps if not jumps.

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