Union Environment Minister Shri Javadekar has asked the states to ensure brick kilns adopt zig zag technology to reduce pollution emerging out of them. He was speaking at a webinar on the first ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies. The webinar was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on the occasion of first ever International Day of Clean Air for Blue Skies and was attended by Principal Secretaries of the Urban Development Department and Environment Department of 28 states and 8 Union Territories. Commissioner of 122 cities as identified in NCAP programme also participated and put forth their experiences and best practices.
The zigzag kiln is an improved version of the conventional Fixed Chimney Bull’s Trench Kiln as it ensures lower energy consumption, better environment performance and superior quality of bricks. It may be recalled here that last year, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had issued directions under Section 5 of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 to the District Magistrates/ District Collectors of 22 districts of Delhi-NCR to, inter alia, ensure shifting of brick kilns to Zig Zag technology. Further, NITI Aayog’s three years action agenda recommends that upgradation of Fixed Chimney Bull’s Trench Kiln to cleaner technologies like Zig Zag kiln should be promoted through awareness of their higher efficiency and profitability and easy credit for upgradation.
Shri Javadekar also stated that States must now work with city specific plans, as every city has different source of pollution the Environment Minister said that the use of electric vehicle must be encouraged.
In January last year, the Environment Ministry had launched National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) to tackle the problem of air pollution in a comprehensive manner with a target to achieve 20 to 30 percent reduction in PM 10 and PM 2.5 concentrations by 2024 keeping 2017 as base year. The plan identified earlier 102 non-attainment cities, across 23 States and Union Territories. 20 more non-attainment cities have been included under NCAP based on latest data trend on air quality.