Brick Kilns: LA Panel Suggests Amendment in Existing Rules

JAMMU: The Sub-Committee (Brick Kilns Related) of the Committee on Environment of Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Tuesday called for framing comprehensive rules for regulation of Brick Kilns. 

For the purpose, the panel suggested for introducing amendment in the existing Rules.

The Committee, headed by MLA, Ch. Zulfikar Ali, met here today and discussed in detail the impact of Brick Kilns units on human lives and Agriculture Production.

The Committee members Peer Aafaq Ahmad, Ch. Sham Lal and Mr. Charanjeet Singh gave their valuable suggestions to reduce the bad affects of the Brick Kilns Units on the environment. 

Detailed discussion was also held on the procedure of issuing No Objection Certificate (NOCs) by the Industries department to Brick Kiln Unit holders. The Committee directed the Industries and Commerce department to constitute a departmental Committee to look all these aspects and fix the responsibility where No Objection Certificates have been issued for such units in violation of set norms.

The panel also directed the concerned to adhere to the norms strictly while giving permission for the new units.

With regard to registration of Brick Kilns, the Director Industries Jammu said that as per the Sub- Committee directions, the department has started the process and 231 Brick Kilns have been registered in Jammu province so far. 

Earlier, Commissioner/Secretary, Industries and Commerce Mr. Shantmanu briefed the Committee about the measures taken by the department to monitor Brick Kilns Units in Jammu province. 

Among others, District Development Commissioner, Rajouri, Mr. Saugat Biswas, Director CA & PD Jammu, Mr. Parvez Ahmad Malik, Director Industries Jammu, Mr. G.A. Qureshi, Director Environment and Remote Sensing, Mr. Suresh Chug, Special Secretary Law, Mrs. Farhat Tasneem, Director Geology and Mining, Mr. F.A. Khan, Chief Engineer, PHE, Jammu Mr. Ashwani Sharma, Deputy Controller, Legal Metrology Jammu, Mr. Manoj Prabakar and other officers from various departments besides Assembly Secretariat attended the meeting.

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