Action will be taken against brick kiln owners if they are found violating the guidelines regarding pollution control measures: Nellore Pollution Control Board

A good number of brick kilns have come up in Minagallu, Kovur and other areas in the surroundings areas of Nellore city. With some of these kilns located close to the city, many concerns have been raised over the pollution emanating from them.

In the past few years, about 20 brick kilns, came up in the surrounding areas of Solomonpuram and Minagallu panchayats, 15 kms from Nellore. Some of these kilns, which are located close to the road between Jonnawada and Buchireddypalem, became a constant source of pollution causing problems for the residents and the road users.

Officials say that the brick kilns should not be located close to water sources, roads, hospitals, schools and human habitations as per the GO 80 issued by the Government on April 22, 2010. However, this has been violated in many instances with the kiln owners preferring their own convenience.

At Solomonpuram panchayat, the brick kilns came up within 300 metres radius of the village in violation of the guideline which stipulates a minimum distance of 1 kilometre from all kinds of human habitations. The smoke and dust emanating from the kilns often form clouds over the Jonnawada road, making it difficult for the vehicle owners passing on the road.

V.R. Maheswara Rao, executive engineer, Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board, Nellore, says that action would being initiated against the defaulting brick kiln owners if they were found violating the existing guidelines regarding pollution control measures.

The revenue authorities concerned in Minagallu and Kovur areas have been instructed to take action for making the kiln owners fall in line with the norms.

Mr. Rao says that the GO 80 will be strictly implemented as it has clearly laid down specific guidelines like the edges of a kiln should not be within 1 km of a hospital, school, village and any such human habitation. Also, a kiln should not be within 50 metres radius of agricultural and horticultural lands. A minimum distance of 200 meters should be left in case of roads.

The guidelines for location of brick kilns have been issued following a petition filed before the AP High Court in the past.

At this time, the issues of pollution amidst human habitations became a debatable point.

It has been observed that most owners prefer to locate their kilns in the beds of water bodies as the soil required for making the bricks will be closely available there.

As this will pollute the entire water body, it is prescribed that a minimum distance should be maintained in respect of rivers, canals and water sources.

N. Sateesh Kumar, a resident of Jonnawada, says that the vehicle users are being put to a lot of inconvenience because of the smoke coming from the brick kilns near Solomonpuram.

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