Lahore: The government-imposed ban on brick kilns to tackle smog issues in the province has contributed to a rise in the brick rates – a news source reported on November 3. The Punjab Chief Minister took notice of the matter and ordered its resolution at the earliest.
According to details, the government of Punjab has temporarily halted the operations of all brick kilns that have not shifted to zigzag technology in Lahore, Faisalabad, Kasur, Gujranwala, and a number of other major areas of the province from November 7. As a result, the prices of bricks have risen from PKR 11,500 per thousand bricks to PKR 14,500 per thousand bricks.
The rise in prices has hindered the development work for both public and private development projects including the government’s flagship affordable housing project Naya Pakistan Housing Programme.