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EPD sets Dec deadline to convert brick kilns to Zigzag technology

LAHORE:Punjab Minister for Environment Protection Mohammad Rizwan said on Thursday that, in order to control environmental pollution, all traditional kilns be converted to zigzag technology by the end of December 2019.

The use of zigzag technology in construction and operations of kilns could minimize effects of burning coal on environment and reduce the fuel consumption up to 30 per cent.

He expressed these views while chairing a meeting in the committee room of Environment Protection Department (EPD) here on Thursday.

The minister directed the TEVTA authorities to expedite the process of training to brick kiln owners. He emphasised the kiln owners in Punjab to adopt this new technology without any fear as it gives better quality bricks and reduces coal consumption.

All Pakistan Brick Kiln Owners Association President Mohammad Shoaib Khan Niazi, General Secretary Mehr Abdul Haq and other office bearers also attended the meeting.

Secretary EPD Asad Gillani, talking on the occasion, pledged full support of his department to the association both in terms of human and capital resources for conversion of all traditional brick kilns to the new technology to combat environmental pollution in the province.