ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Brick Kiln Association (APBKA) President Shoaib Niazi has said that the kiln owners, despite their keenness for conversion of their furnace to zigzag technology, had not been assured of any technical assistance from the government.
Talking to APP, Shoaib Niazi said, “We [brick kiln proprietors] have realised the harmful impact of the dark smoke emitted by the kiln. Some of the kiln owners also started to build their brick-ovens over zigzag method but failed due to lack of knowledge and expertise over the method.”
He added, “The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) officials imparted technical knowledge to us mainly the brick kiln owners on how to operate the furnace using zigzag technology which did not help that much as most of the people were less educated and lacked the expertise to tackle the matter.”
Niazi said that we had suggested that the government should have built model brick kilns across the country that would have served as a learning place for other furnace owners to train their workers.