Centre Plans To Ban Use Of Burnt Clay In Construction Projects Representative Image (Photo by Saumya Khandelwal/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

In a bid to boost environment-friendly products in infrastructure, the Centre is planning to ban use of burnt clay bricks in its construction projects across the country, reports Economic Times.

The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has reportedly directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to probe into the prospects of banning burnt clay bricks in its projects.

The CPWD has reportedly sought a feedback from its officials concerned and asked them to submit the same by 11 December.

The CPWD is the construction agency of the Central Government. It is entrusted with the construction of office buildings for central government and autonomous bodies.

Brick kilns used in construction cause air pollution since they use coal in brick-making process.

The Supreme Court had appointed Environment Pollution (Prevention & Control) Authority for the National Capital Region (EPCA), which pushed NCR states to ensure that all brick kilns implement the "zig-zag" technology, as prescribed by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, which could reduce emissions by 80 per cent.

The National Green Tribunal had slammed Delhi and neighbouring states for not filing their reply on a plea alleging that illegal operation of brick kilns has resulted in severe air and water pollution in the National Capital Region.

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