Multan: As the cold weather minimised the threat of smog, as many as 335 kilns have reopened in the district, which have been closed during November 1 to December 20 by the provincial government, according to the news sources.
The Assistant Director Environmental Protection Department Hameed Akhtar has announced that old (pollution-causing) brick kilns have been shut down and new zigzag technology-based kilns are allowed to operate.
He also revealed that three brick kilns have shifted to zigzag technology, while one kiln in under-construction. The department has trained kiln-labourers to utilise the said new technology, which is friendlier to the environment.
Moreover, he said that there is a ban on the burning of waste, crops, tyres, polythene/ plastic and other pollution causing actions, under Section 144.
Hameed Akhtar also said that the department will launch action against marble factories under Clean Green Pakistan Index (CGPI). He said that the solid waste of marble factories was causing pulmonary and other diseases.