Expecting surge in demand, dealers hoard bricks - ECAS Punjab

Expecting surge in demand, dealers hoard bricks

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Neeraj Bagga

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, April 26

Expecting a surge in demand and hike in prices of construction material post lockdown, dealers have started hoarding bricks.

Lakhwinder Singh, District Food Civil Supplies Controller, said four construction material shops had been issued show-cause notices to submit documents for storing bricks.

A firm was found storing 28,000 pieces, while three others had stocked 18,000, 6,000 and 2,500 bricks. He added that these bricks were supplied from Fazilka and Ferozepur.

The Punjab Control of Brick Supplies, Price and Distribution Control Order, 1998, prohibits resale of bricks out of kilns, which can sell these to customers only.

Mukesh Nanda, general secretary of the Punjab Brick Kilns Owners' Association said transportation of bricks could spread the virus.

After the state government allowed the manufacturing of bricks at kilns, their expenditure was the same, but income had stalled.

If bricks are bought from outside, it will damage the business prospects of local brick manufacturers.

He said: "It takes about Rs70,000 to operate a brick kiln a day. There are about 2,800 brick kilns in the state and between five lakh and eight lakh workers are employed in these."



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