Sources said a senior decision-making authority of Brikolite on Thursday evening instructed the webmaster of brikolite.com to immediately remove the ‘certification’ page.
On Thursday afternoon, it was reported by Northeast Now that Brikolite had miserably failed in its certification compliances.
Brikolite AAC Blocks are manufactured at Sila village near Changsari in Kamrup (Rural) district in Assam by M/s KD INFRA, and is an enterprise of the Lohia Group.
Search result of Brikolite’s the ‘certification’ page on Thursday late evening showed ‘404 Error’.
A ‘404 Error’ message is a Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) status code indicating the server could not find the requested page from the website because it was deleted.
Brikolite’s desperation to hide the ‘certification’ page from customers on the Bhogali Bihu day could be clearly understood because the webmaster could have easily fixed the ‘404 Error’ code.
The ‘404 Error’ code on the ‘Certification’ page of Brikolite’s has now raised serious questions on the company’s attempt to hide information on ‘failure’ of compliances from the customers.
It was reported by Northeast Now that validity of the Brikolite’s four primary certifications, including the BIS Mark license and ISO had expired.
It was found that validity of BIS Certification Mark License No. CM/L 5400018794 as per IS 2185 (Part 3): 1984, had expired on April 25, 2017.
BIS Certification is a guarantee of quality, safety and reliability of products to the customer and Government of India has made BIS certification mandatory for all building construction materials.
It was also found that validity of Brikolite AAC Block’s two ISO certifications — ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 had also expired.
The ISO certification is a seal of approval that a company runs to one of the international standards developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
While using ISO 9001 helps ensure that customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, ISO 14001 is related to environmental management of the organization.
Another certificate issued by the Pollution Control Board of Assam, which was basically ‘Consent to operate’, had also expired on March 31, 2017.
Despite repeated attempts, Kailash Chandra Lohia, who is the Chairman of the Lohia Group, could not be contacted for comments.