A brick field is being run on cropland, with low-height chimney and burning firewood instead of coal at Natunbazar village in Panchagarh's Debiganj upazila.
Upazila unit Awami League Organising Secretary Harun Or Rashid is operating the brick field, violating rules.
In a circular in May 2012, the Directorate of Environment (DoE) prohibited operation of traditional brick kilns with iron sheet chimney or fixed chimney.
The Brick Manufacturing and Brick Kilns Establishment (Control) Act-2013 has been passed to establish control over brick manufacturing and brick kiln establishments for the interest of conservation and development of environment and biodiversity.
A 190-foot-high chimney is needed to run a brick kiln and no brick kiln should be set up in a cropland or in a village, according to DoE office.
During a recent visit, this correspondent saw bricks being burnt at JSB brick kiln with a low-height iron-sheet chimney (not more than 40 feet) in a crop filed alongside Bahadur Bazar to Kaliaganj road using firewood, polluting the environment.
Rafiqul Islam of Natunpara village said, “The field is operated day and night. We are compelled to shut doors and windows of our houses to get relief from its dust and black smoke.”
Harun said he would set up a brick kiln with modern technology. Bricks are being burnt for meeting requirement of bricks for making his modern brick kiln's burner and chimney, he said.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Ramkrisna Barman said he will take legal steps after visiting the spot.
Civil Surgeon Saiful Islam said people may suffer with lung related diseases from the black smoke.
Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Zahirl Islam said, “There is no scope to burn bricks with iron-sheet chimney. I asked the UNO to take legal step in this regard.”