Minister orders strict implementation of environmental laws

KARACHI: Destruction of natural environment and creatures is the symbol of downfall, therefore, we must develop all institutions and projects according to environmental laws, and make the environment clean so that all creatures can live safely.

This was stated by Sindh Environment Minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro during a meeting with Kotri Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) office-bearers at KATI office on Wednesday. Director General Environmental Protection Agency Naeem Mughal, Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro Sattar Bachani, Chief Engineer Nooriabad Industrial Estate Waheed Shaikh and other relevant officers were also present.

Dr Sikandar said that it was necessary to overcome environment pollution in industrial areas and their surroundings. He urged KATI members to treat industrial effluent before discharging it in stream. He said: “If all industrial and business organizations treat effluent in their factories, they will play their due role for better environment.

He directed EPA officers to arrange an authentic laboratory for checking environment samples of those organization which had installed treatment plants and that method should be applied on permanent basis, so that it could be improved more as needed. He said those companies and organizations, which had not installed treatment plants, should be informed and bounded to comply with the environment law effectively.

He said that government and private sectors should work with mutual consultation to ensure clean and green environment.

Dr Sikandar also visited combined effluent treatment plant which was installed for Kotri industrial area, whose effluent falls into KB Federal Canal.

He also took a sample of water being discharged from treatment plant and sent it to laboratory for analysis. He urged officers to ensure quality and efficiency of the treatment plant at all costs.

The minister started his visit from toll plaza Karachi. He visited Indus Crushing Unit and Amjad & Islam Crushing Unit, where he checked dust particles emitting in the air.

Mandhro directed relevant administrations to implement environment laws within one week and asked environment department to take action in case of non-compliance.

The environment minister also visited Lucky Cement Factory and Power Cement Factory in Nooriabad and inspected the volume of particle and smoke emitting in the air. He took briefing from factory administration about implementation of environment laws and issued necessary directions.

“We should save our water, air and, trees from harmful chemical substances and for this, we should work together like family members so as to make environment pleasant,” the minister concluded.

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