Our Correspondent : MADARIPUR, Jan 30 : A section of unscrupulous traders are running illegal brickfields in all four upazilas of Madaripur district posing a serious threat to environment.
Sources from district administration said, a good number of brickfields in the district, out of the 50 in total, are operating illegally.
The owners are allegedly felling different fruit-bearing, wood and medicinal trees to procure firewood as fuels.
Locals complained that the unscrupulous people were buying trees from poor villagers for use as firewood in their furnaces. Besides, most of the brick kilns have been set up in residential areas and on agricultural land leading to serious health hazards and environment pollution as well.
Anower Hossain, Majid Miah and Siraj Dhali, farmers of Kalkiapur village under Sadar upazila, said they had been getting less produce from their cropland since the brick fields had been established in the village. Some traders built kilns 20 to 25 feet high. But according to the brick burning act-1989, a kiln must be at least 120 feet high.
When asked, Ohidur Rahman, president of the Brick Field Owners' Association, admitting the fact said they would raise the height of their furnaces by next year.
Madaripur Deputy Commissioner GSM Zafrullah said, "We have already launched a drive to identify the defaulters." "More drives will be conducted soon by magistrates," he added.