Brick kilns defy local government order, continue operation

Banepa, Nov 18: Brick kilns based in Bhakundebensi of Namobuddha municipality, Kavrepalanchowk are still operative against local government's notice. The municipality had issued a notice last week, ordering the closure of all brick kilns in the locality without any delay. It cites adverse impact on human health due to increasing atmospheric pollution caused by traditional brick industries. 

Landowners who had leased the land for such industries were also asked to terminate the contract.

The cases of respiratory and eye diseases are on the rise in the municipality with the deterioration of air quality caused by air pollutants from brick kilns. Despite the notice, the industries have continued producing bricks.

Bhairavkunda Brick Kiln proprietor Kedar Prasad Acharya however said brick kilns owners here were not formally informed about the municipality notice.

"We are working on our own as we have invested million of rupees in this business, provided employments to poor people, and it is also the concern of the working class people as well." He said he like other owners of brick industries wants the local government to bear in mind this fact and let them continue their business.

The local government has stopped the registration of new industries and renewal of the old ones.

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