Pakistan Shuts Polluting Traditional Brick Kilns for 70 Days As Smog Season Looming
Under the Pakistani government order, all traditional kilns must shut from October 20 until December 31 to cut smog that has blighted parts of Punjab province, and other areas of the country, in recent years (Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images).
Radhakrishna N S
To combat worsening smog, Pakistan’s government has ordered all traditional brick kilns closed for 70 days starting Saturday (20), as it promotes new cleaner kilns that could cut pollution up to 70 per cent. But the measure has produced an outcry both from kiln owners, who want incentives to make the switch and from kiln workers who fear losing income. “How I will provide food to my three children during closure of the kilns?” asked Sumaira Bibi, 35, who with her 60-year-old husband frames up 1,200 bricks a day for a kiln near Islamabad, earning about eight dollars. Under the…
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