Use of fly ash bricks for State buildings made mandatory

Use of fly ash bricks for State buildings made mandatory

Government issues notification; it comes into effect from September 1

With fly ash accumulation emerging a big threat to environment, the State government has made mandatory the use of fly ash bricks in all government buildings located within a radius of 100 km of fly ash generating units.
The notification issued by the Works Department on mandatory use of fly ash bricks would come into effect from September 1 next. Departments such as Housing and Urban, Water Resources, Forest and Environment, Industries, and Rural Development have been informed about it.

Use of fly ash bricks for State buildings made mandatory

From July 1, irrespective of location of government buildings it had been made compulsory to meet 50 per cent of brick requirement in government buildings from fly ash bricks.
The notification has been issued to improve the utilisation of fly ash in the State.
In 2011-12, fly ash generation was 23.57 million ton per annum. Of which 12.77 mtpa could be utilised in various sectors such as land filling, road construction, cement manufacturing and fly ash brick making.
At present only 50 per cent of the fly ash generated from coal burning could be utilised, while the rest is stored in ash ponds.
The cumulative accumulation of fly ash after its utilisation stood at 93.86 mtpa (since the year 2000).
Little success
Brick making constitutes only 3.25 per cent of the utilisation, while bulk of the fly ash is being disposed of in land filling or mine void filling.
The State government has been insisting on utilisation of fly ash in brick making, but it had got little success. Finally, it came out a notification making it mandatory in the construction of government buildings.
A senior official in Forest and Environment Department has said although fly ash-made bricks are being by individuals in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and in a few industrial towns, its use has not picked up in the rural pockets.
He hopes that people would follow once the fly ash bricks started to be used in construction of government buildings.
Going by projection on thermal power generation in the State, the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) has predicted that fly ash generation may even touch 150 million ton per annum if all installed and proposed thermal power plants go into full capacity production.

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