Welcome showers can make bricks costlier
Though unexpected showers may have brought in cheer by bringing down the mercury, they can shoot up the brick prices.
According to brick kiln owners the unpredictable weather is causing them losses due to decline in production, which can cause the brick prices to rise.
Sarabjeet Dhillon, general secretary, Ludhiana Brick Kiln Owners' Association, said, "Due to untimely rains, it has become impossible to make bricks. We have been bearing losses due to this unpredictable rain. It will affect the production and due to this prices will rise."
At present brick prices are
stable at Rs 4,200 (including transportation charges) per 1,000 bricks and according to Dhillon prices may rise up to Rs 4,800 after May 31.
According to Dhillon, apart from losses due to rain, increased coal rates have also been pushing the kiln owner to increase the rates.
"Coal rates, which were Rs 10,000 per tonne have now reached Rs 14,000 per tonne, and due to this an average increase of Rs 500 per 1,000 bricks is expected," said Dhillon.
According to brick kiln owners, on an average, 4 lakh raw bricks are lay in the open and after rain most of the raw bricks become useless and unfit for baking. Apart from this brick kiln owners also have to invest more labour hours in clearing these useless bricks, which adds to the total cost of production. AT PRESENT, BRICK PRICES ARE STABLE AT
PER 1,000 BRICKS