Brickfields destroying fertile soil of Char Fasson
CHAR FASSON, BHOLA, Jan 11: The black smoke mixed with carbon dioxide, which is coming out of brickfields, is blowing in the sky of the upazila and polluting the environment.
A total of 32 brickfields were built on croplands defying rules. So the lands have lost fertility. The marginal level farmers fell in trouble as crops are not growing on the lands. But the administration is keeping mum in this connection.
According to the Environment Department, the Land Ministry issued a gazette notification in 1991(amended in 2001) imposing ban on building brickfield on cropland at densely populated area.
But, 28 brickfields out of 33 here did not get government approval. The brickfield owners are in competition to destroy the mangrove forest for the supply of wood to the brickfields.
The green forest is being damaged for providing firewood to 28 illegal brickfields in the upazila. Most of the brickfields are burning wood defying rules.
It is known that out of the 33 brickfields in 21 unions, only five have permission to run, and the rest are running illegally. The owners of the 28 brickfields applied several times to get approval but they did not get the nod for violating the environment law.
A Ovi, Upakul, Maisha-1, Mahajan-1 and Chamak got certificates while 28 others did not get permission.
Local sources said the chimneys of the brickfields were made by barrel and sand. So, they have given permission to burn limited bricks till 2013. But they are running their fields managing the officials of environment department in exchange for big amount of money.
After a spot visit, it was found that most of the brickfields have not 120 foot high chimneys, and the brickfields are located in densely populated areas.
People of the areas have been suffering from breathing problem as they are using barrel chimney. In different brickfields, thousand maunds of kewra wood are being kept as fuel.
The brickfields owners said, the brick burning season starts from the last week of November continues till the middle of June. Generally, 27 to 28 lakh bricks are made from a brickfield of one chimney in one season, while 50 lakh bricks are made at a time from the brickfields of two chimneys. Two thousand maunds of wood are needed to burn one lakh bricks. So, several crore maunds of wood are being burnt in the brickfields.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Masum Alam Siddiq said magistrates will be appointed to conduct drives against all the illegal brickfields in the district very soon.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohammad Ruhul Amin said there is no scope to burn bricks in densely populated areas and croplands. Action will be taken against all the illegal brick fields within a short time.