MAKEOVER: Conversion of brick kilns in Delhi-NCR to a cleaner technology - a status report

The Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) has been in the grip of severe air pollution. The crisis is not confined just to the National Capital Territory (NCT) but affects all the 22 districts of the NCR. The contribution from brick kilns is significant—the brick-making sector has been identified as one of the key sources of air pollution in the region. To deal with pollution from brick kilns, the EPCA in May 2017 ordered all kilns in Delhi-NCR to switch to cleaner technology. This study was undertaken to assess the status of conversion following the EPCA order. The focus was to understand the ground reality and analyse the quality of conversion.