Brick Prices Shoot Up in Salem, TN
The price of bricks rise as the production of bricks in kilns across Salem, Namakkal, Dharmapuri, Krishnagiri and Erode districts has been hit due to the continuous rain in Tamil Nadu.
The Erode district has 52 brick kilns and of them 26 are in the city limit. Most of the kilns are situated along Karur, Bhavani, Ammapet, Andhiyur and Sathyamangalam main roads. The Salem district has more than 250 kilns and of them nearly 110 kilns are functioning in and around Vazhapadi taluk. Namakkal district has 47 kilns, Dharmapuri district has 44 and Krishnagiri district has 18 kilns. Each chamber can produce nearly 15,000 bricks every day. However, the demand for the bricks is higher than the production.
At present, a single brick costs about Rs 8, excluding transportation as well as loading and unloading charges. Before the Nivar cyclone, the kiln owners sold a brick for Rs 6 including loading and unloading charges due to surplus production. However, the price rise has hit builders and contractors.