Local industry flays Tripura Govt for importing bricks

AGARTALA, Sept 9 – The brick manufacturing industry in Tripura is passing through a tough time with the State Government importing bricks from Bangladesh.

Around four crore bricks will be imported from the neighbouring country to meet ever- growing demand of bricks in Tripura where development is not the fast-track.

Of late, the government has started importing bricks from Bangladesh that drew flak from the local brick manufacturing companies.

Brick Manufacturing Association (BMA) secretary Partha Datta and its president Subhash Chandra Ghosh harshly criticized the government’s move in bringing bricks from the neighbouring country which are smaller in size and higher in price.

They claimed the price of Bangladeshi bricks is about 34 per cent higher than the bricks of the State.

The BMA had approached the government informing availability of bricks for the developmental works in the State but the government officials did not respond positively and kept mum, said Ghosh.

He said till now, around 7-8 crore bricks are available in different kilns of the State which can meet the demand of the government.

On the sky-rocketing prices of the bricks, he said that the manufacturing cost has increased by many folds due to high coal price in Meghalaya. He also mentioned that the Centre allocates at least one lakh tonne of coal for a State like Tripura every year but the said quantity of coal does not arrive here due to the callousness of the government.