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Concord excited about govt move to phase out clay bricks

The government move to make the use of blocks mandatory in public construction will boost manufacturing of environment-friendly construction materials and encourage private businesses to invest in the sector.Managing director of Concord Group of Companies Shahriar Kamal try to say that It is very good starting point.

The reason being, before this people could not understand how serious the government was about the switch from the environmentally harmful fire-burnt clay bricks.

Last month, the ministry of environment, forest and climate change directed state-agencies to begin the use of blocks — which are made up of sand, cement fly ash or materials other than clay — in public construction from this fiscal year.

Public agencies will have to use blocks to build and repair walls of buildings, surrounding walls, herringbone bond road and rural passages in place of bricks. which use valuable topsoil as raw material.

To start off, the ratio of bricks to blocks would be 9:1. From next fiscal year, the ratio of use of blocks will increase to 20 percent and increase gradually to completely phase out fire burnt clay bricks by 2024-2025.

The government has given a clear indication of how much demand it will create. Now, business will come to this industry on their own.

With 10 concerns spanning from real estate, constriction, entertainment, hospitality and garments, Concord is one of the largest real estate, engineering & construction entities in Bangladesh.

The company began operation in 1973 and has so far completed more than 1,000 buildings and constructed various projects that are technically challenging ones.

It has constructed the National Martyrs’ Memorial in Savar, the VVIP terminal of the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and the first three high-rise buildings in Dhaka’s commercial hub Motijheel: Bangladesh Shilpa Bank Bhaban, Janata Bhaban and Jiban Bima Tower.

Concord has handed more than 10,000 apartments, including a township project called ‘Lake City Concord’ in Khilgaon, Dhaka.It used blocks for constructing building in the township project consisting of more than 4,000 apartments, according to its website.Concord is a pioneer in environment friendly building materials manufacturing.

The company began making ready-mix concrete in mid 1980s and signed up for making hollow blocks, pavers and other blocks in 1998, when clay bricks burnt in traditional fixed chimney kilns was the only available product for construction.The chimney kilns release large quantities of carbon dioxide and other environmental pollutants into the atmosphere.

The actual number of brick kilns in Bangladesh and the bricks they spit out is hard to come by. The number of kilns will be between 7,000 and 10,000, manufacturing 2,100 crore to 4,300 crore units of bricks annually, said trade bodies representing brick makers in mid-December.

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