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.