Brick Field is located in Hapur, Distt. Ghaziabad (UP) and is
owned by Mr Sanjay Dadoo, a 3rd generation brick entrepreneur.
His brick kiln unit has a production capacity of about 50,000
bricks per day, with the brick production season usually extending
from December to July each year.
Shift from moving chimney to fixed chimney design
Till 1997, Mr Dadoo had a moving chimney brick kiln. With
environmental regulations being enforced on the brick industry
by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), he switched
over to a fixed chimney kiln equipped with gravity settling
chamber (pollution control system), based on the design provided
by the Central Building Research Institute (CBRI), Roorkee.
The switchover helped in better kiln operation, which eventually
yielded fuel savings of about 10%. This motivated Mr Dadoo
to explore other technology options that he could adopt to
improve the market for his products.
Adoption of semi-mechanization for production of
perforated bricks and hollow blocks
Kusum Brick Field was producing only solid bricks. Mr Dadoo
visited a number of places like Malur (Karnataka), Baliapatam
(Kerala), Morvi (Gujarat) and Vietnam to assess the technology
options available in the Indian market and abroad. He acquired
semi-mechanized brick moulding machinery from Gujarat, which
he himself modified to suit the local conditions. From 2005,
he began to produce perforated bricks in his unit (along with
traditional bricks). Slowly and steadily, he increased the
share in production of perforated bricks (Table 1).
Table 1 Production of perforated bricks of Kusum Bricks
Some of the challenges faced by Mr Dadoo while adopting
- No previous experience in extruder operation and handling
of perforated bricks
- No trained operator/ labour
- Controlled drying is required for drying of extruded
products, which otherwise will lead to cracks, wastage and
Mr Dadoo has successfully solved the issues faced in technology
adoption. Now, he has plans to diversify his production to
include other products such as hollow blocks.