As a part of CSE's initiative to transform the brick industry into an organized and non-polluting sector, the Industrial Pollution team at CSE organised a two days training programme on "Inspection and Monitoring of Brick Kilns". The training was conducted on the 13th and 14th of February, 2020 at the CSE office in Tughlakabad. The participants of the training programme came from pollution control boards of various states like Meghalaya, Orissa and Gujarat. Officials from Punjab and Haryana Food and Civil Supplies Department also joined as participants as they are the ones responsible for licensing of brick kilns in their respective states. Representatives from the Central Building Research Institute at Roorkee also participated and represented academia at the training programme.
A field visit to a brick kiln in Gurgaon was also organised on the second day for all participants to provide them with some practical field related inputs. The District Food and Supply Controller (DFSC) Mrs. Monika Malik, of the Haryana Department of Food and Civil Supplies in Gurgaon helped us organize the visit to a kiln in Gurgaon and also joined us for the same. The purpose of the training was to strengthen the capacity of regulators with respect to inspection and monitoring of brick kilns for better compliance and enforcement of the environmental standards for this sector. All the participants acquired valuable theoretical as well as practical knowledge which was shared by the experts with them during the training programme and all of them showed willingness to carry it forward to their respective boards and departments. At the end of the programme, the training certificates were awarded to all the participants by Dr. D.D. Basu at our CSE office in Tughlakabad.