LAHORE – The Green Loan Scheme was introduced for converting traditional brick kilns to zigzag technology, Finance Minister Makhdoom Hashim Jawan Bakht said during a meeting of the Anti-Smog Committee on Saturday. As part of this program, initiated by the Punjab Disasters Management Authority (PDMA) in collaboration with the Bank of Punjab (BoP), the Prime Minister’s Kamyab Nojawan Program and the Rozgar Program of the Government of Punjab. The Punjab government provides subsidies for the transfer of zigzag technology to kilns across the province.
The minister said that PDMA and BoP have jointly worked out a strategy and path forward to ensure the support of brick kiln owners through the establishment of Facilitation Centers at the Tehsil level to provide the necessary funding and the conversion of the maximum number of bricks ensure – kilns on zigzag technology. He said the traditional brick making sector, along with vehicle pollution, is a major contributor to pollution and smog. The best solution to the problem was to convert the brick kilns to modern technology instead of jeopardizing the business. During the anti-smog operations, the PDMA ensured that more than 60 percent of the kilns in the province were converted to zig-zag technology. PDMA recommends providing furnace owners with financial support to switch to zigzag technology as they have faced financial problems.
The Green Loan Scheme ensures the transition of the remaining ovens to modern technology. He said the goal of the program is a smog-free green Punjab. The stove owners should support the Punjab government for a cleaner and smog-free environment for future generations.