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Sony Shah

Feb 5, 2017
12:40

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The study is very relevant to the problems of brick kilns of Peshawar and we strongly support it 



Nadeem Ahmad Sheikh

Feb 6, 2017
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Inshallah, the study will help a lot in solving such type of problems in engineering.



Nadeem Ahmad Sheikh

Feb 6, 2017
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Inshallah, the study will help a lot in solving such type of problems in engineering.



Mali Awan

Feb 6, 2017
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This study will solve many issues and bring good results, besides that it will guide to solve the problems for the engineers in their matters now and in future.



Muhammad Arif Shah

Feb 6, 2017
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Being an active member of different online discussion forums on global warming and climate change, I would strongly support this study.



To tackle with climate change there are also some AFFORESTATION steps being taken by the mentioned state (KP: Khyber Pukhtoonkhwa, Pakistan) with the name of Billion-Tree-Tsunami which supports the Billion Tree Campaign launched in 2006, by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as a response to the challenges of global warming.



Due to their aptitude, realization, and capability shown previously, and the seriousness of the issue raised by this proposal, I strongly support this study as a significant step towards controlling the climate change.



Farhad Ali

Feb 8, 2017
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A very serious issue has been highlighted in this proposal. Brick kilns in Pakistan and specifically in Peshawar Valley continously emittting poisonous gases and causing a serous pollution in the atmosphere. There is no check on the materials, they are usnig in the kilns for burning. I strogly support this proposed idea.



Shah Room

Feb 8, 2017
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Proposal highlights very serious issue that is faced by the people of Peshawar and surroundings. Such huge number of brick kilns are polluting environment and putting climate at the verge of collapse for hygienic survival. These kilns are located near to population and are in operation without following any standard cut-off. It needs to be standardized as explained in the proposal. 



Mujahid Ali

Feb 22, 2017
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This study is very relevant and important for me b/c as a civil engineer we always deal with bricks and more ever i want to do a final year project on it



 



Mujahid Ali

Feb 22, 2017
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The given issue is a very serious issue in Peshawar and surrounding area. These huge bricks are polluting the environment so highly educated people must work on it. My prayers is always with him



Aown Shahzad

Feb 22, 2017
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$77 thousand dollars for this project!? That is an insane amount of money just for research and workshops, specially given that you (like me) live in Pakistan and so you know the market price are not this high. $10,000 for workshops for 500 would cost only if you're doing it in a 4 star hotel which I assume you're not.

You've exponentially exaggerated the costs and have made the project budget to be similar to something which would be expected in a first world country like Norway or the UK.



I like the project but the budget has completely dissuaded me from your work because a detrimental factor in brick workers issue is how they are subjected to modern slavery due to the circle of debt. 

Debt which is no more than $50-200 per person but is then raised to hundreds of dollars due to criminal interest rates and illegal clauses by the owners which the uneducated brick workers can't challenge.



So meanwhile a brick worker will be enslaved for $100 and could be freed from his slavery for that cost; you would instead spend $77,000 on your research. That is ridiculous and I don't know why as extremely educated people you don't see this issue with your proposal. I'm sorry but this budget is as badly intended as the kiln owners. 



Besides that let's not even get into how this challenge was about helping vulnerable communities adapt to climate hazards as opposed to researching ways to potentially create adaptation. 



Aown Shahzad

Feb 22, 2017
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$77 thousand dollars for this project!? That is an insane amount of money just for research and workshops, specially given that you (like me) live in Pakistan and so you know the market price are not this high. $10,000 for workshops for 500 would cost only if you're doing it in a 4 star hotel which I assume you're not.

You've exponentially exaggerated the costs and have made the project budget to be similar to something which would be expected in a first world country like Norway or the UK.



I like the project but the budget has completely dissuaded me from your work because a detrimental factor in brick workers issue is how they are subjected to modern slavery due to the circle of debt. 

Debt which is no more than $50-200 per person but is then raised to hundreds of dollars due to criminal interest rates and illegal clauses by the owners which the uneducated brick workers can't challenge.



So meanwhile a brick worker will be enslaved for $100 and could be freed from his slavery for that cost; you would instead spend $77,000 on your research. That is ridiculous and I don't know why as extremely educated people you don't see this issue with your proposal. I'm sorry but this budget is as badly intended as the kiln owners. 



Besides that let's not even get into how this challenge was about helping vulnerable communities adapt to climate hazards as opposed to researching ways to potentially create adaptation. 



Attaullah Shah

Feb 24, 2017
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Dear Aown sb Assalamo Alaikm



Thanks for your comments and concerns about the welfare of the Kiln workers. This a comprehensive study about the impacts of the Kiln on the environmental and Socio-Economic aspects of the issue and Bonded labor is definitely its part. If you carefully read the terms of the project, it is not some financial scheme nor some donation, rather highlight the issues of the Climate Change and develop the capacity  of the the vulnerable society. The impact assessment normally involves the following steps:



- Screening: To check the issue and decide about the nature and depth of the study



- Scoping: This is the most important step to develop the baseline about the present status of major natural and socioeconomic and environmental issues relating to the Brick Kilns. Unfortunately the existing data and baseline is not going enough information to decide about the issues.



- Impact Assessment: The detailed assessment will include to predict the impacts of these brick kilns, on the environment and health of the people. Here we will also document, the impacts on the workers. The issue of bonded labor can be highlighted at this stage.



- Mitigation Measures will be identified after working with these workers and affected populations. The negative impacts of the brick kilns will be mitigated. The workers will be trained and they will be given incentives.    



This is 2-3 years projects, which will also identify policy and legislative requirements to the Government and this issue of bonded labor can be part of it.



I wish you could also participate by submitting your proposal as I thin, it is also an important issue. You can add, your part to even this study by giving your suggestions as it can be improved further, but in dispassionate manner. Your age gives me a feeling of being more emotional about the issue. For research project, one has to be more rational and push your arguments in a very logical way, so that the reviewer can be in a be convinced.



 



Looking forward for your contributions to revise the proposal. Prof. Shah 



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