Lahore: The Punjab Commerce and Industry Department has decided to get 8,000 brick kilns to adopt the modern and less polluting zigzag technology — in order to control the rising levels of smog in the city, a news source reported.
As per the publication, the provincial department has formed a plan to implement the five point agenda of the Prime Minister’s smog eradication programme. Under this proposal, it will adopt short term, midterm and long term policies. These include:
- Ban burning of tires as fuel source for kilns
- Arrange for the provision of loans to kiln owners to help them adopt the new zigzag technology — at a 6% mark-up rate
- Kilns located near the cities will be converted to zigzag technology on a priority basis
- Kilns failing to convert to zigzag technology within four months of the issuance of the loans will be banned
- An immediate ban will be imposed on 84 kilns operating on conventional technology, and they will be provided with two months to make upgrades or all of them will be demolished
- Improved quality coal will be used as main fuel source in kilns
In order to implement the plan and convert the kilns to zigzag technology, the department will seek help and assistance from the University of Engineering and Technology.