Lahore: The Government of Punjab has announced to offer loans (in the form of matching grants) to fund the conversion of brick kilns to zigzag technology – a more environmentally friendly option that is also expected to increase the kilns’ production capacity, according to a news source published on July 16.
The decision was made in a meeting held on Wednesday, under the chair of Minister for Industries and Trade Mian Aslam Iqbal. The meeting agreed to offer loans to the brick kiln owners at 2% service charges, which will be returned in the 2-year period. The meeting also decided that some 700 kilns, that have already transferred themselves onto the newer technology, will be given preference while granting loans.
Minister Iqbal addressed the meeting and reiterated that Clean & Green Pakistan is the top priority of the government to ensure a pollution-free climate to the new generation. He said that the government is using all available resources to secure this objective.
Moreover, the minister said that the loan process will be initiated after the mechanism of technology transfer for brick kilns in Punjab is finalised. He also ordered the officials to complete the target of speedily transferring the project to zigzag technology.