Illegal Brick kilns threaten Bandarban forest
A total of 13 brick kilns have been set up illegally in a forest at Phaitong union in Lama upazila and locals say these might lead to serious environmental hazards.
Wood collected from the forest is used to operate the kilns that the owners had built by “managing” the approval from the local authorities. Three of the 13 kilns were built by cutting hills in 2012.
Mang Bra Ching Marma, a local resident, said the kilns had “completely destroyed” the environment of the area.
“Nothing can be done about these kilns as the local authorities are in favour of the owners,” he said.
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