MULTAN:As many as 94 percent traditional brick kilns have been converted on zig-zag technology across the district so far.
Deputy Director Environment Zafar Iqbal while talking to reporter here on Friday said that 455 out of total 492 brick kilns across the district have been converted on zig-zag while 37 remaining brick kilns will be shifted by next week. The 37 brick kilns were those which given on lease or have some other issues.
He said that the all old technology brick kilns and polluting industry is closed as per directions of Punjab government. However, the only zig-zag technology brick kilns were allowed to work. He said that it was witnessed that there was shortage of skilled Labour to run the brick kilns on modern technology and brick kilns owners trying to get their Labour trained with self help.
He said that five surveillance teams were monitoring the brick kilns regularly.
Mr Zafar said that Punjab government has offered loan under Apna Rozgaar scheme and the brick kilns owners could avail the opportunity to shift their brick kilns. The loan up to Rs one million was being given through Punjab Bank.
Deputy Director said that about 30 brick kiln owners had applied for the loan in the district so far and urged the brick kilns owners to avail the opportunity.