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Getting tough on air pollution

  • Published at 12:03 am December 11th, 2019
Brick Klin

A more long term solution would be to do away with traditional bricks

The air quality in Bangladesh, particularly the capital, is among the worst in the world -- and one of the main culprits behind our air pollution is the numerous brick kilns that dot the outskirts of Dhaka.

Which is why the High Court’s recent order to rein in these kilns is timely and necessary, though the exact period of time given to these factories to be shut down shows that a more strategic approach could have helped.

With more than 20 of these brick kilns, most of which are illegal, already having been shut down, it is good to see that the drive is off to a successful start at least.

The amount of pollution that these factories cause as a byproduct of their outdated manufacturing process causes absolute havoc to public health, and it is regrettable that it took the administration this long to realize just how harmful they can be.

However, these brick kilns do support a lot of the infrastructural development that our nation has been undergoing, and so the problem needs to be handled carefully. For example, instead of shutting them down en masse, we could incentivize factories to adopt more modern technologies in terms of manufacturing bricks. 

A more long term solution would be to do away with traditional bricks completely, and opt for alternatives such as green bricks, which do not harm the environment and indeed have a positive knock-on effect on sectors such as agriculture.

We are glad to see something finally being down about the brick kiln situation, especially now during the dry season, but we hope the authorities keep in mind that in the long term, all our industries should try to move towards environmentally friendly methods of production.