Wel­come show­ers can make bricks costlier

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Deepak Beri Ludlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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

LUD­HI­ANA:

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

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