KARACHI: The Sindh High Court issued notice to the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa)’s director general to submit a comprehensive report on its measures to prevent the contamination of Keenjhar Lake from industrial effluent.
The petitioner, Haleem Adil Shaikh, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q) Sindh chapter president had approached the court seeking its directives for the authorities to stop discharge of contaminated water into the lake. He pleaded to the court to order setting up of a water quality testing laboratories at Keenjhar Lake to regularly check the water quality.
The petitioner said that the Keenjhar lake, which is situated at distance of about 122km East from Karachi, was a main source of providing water to the entire population of Karachi. He said that on September 05, 2013, he visited the areas including Kotri, Baghar (KB) Feeder at Kotri, Choal, Nooriabad and Keenjhar, from where untreated industrial waste was being discharged into the lake, making water more poisonous.
He submitted that the life of people was in danger as contaminated water and effluent from Kotri and Nooriabad industries were discharged in the lake.
The petitioner said that around 35,000 to 40,000 people of nearby villages wash their clothes and utensils near the lake, which also led to contamination of water.
He said that due to dumping of industrial waste into the lake, water color had changed to blue and green, which emitting unpleasant smell.
He said that besides causing danger to human population, the contaminated water was also affecting biodiversity in the lake, which would directly affect the livelihood of fishermen.
Hearing of the case was adjourned till February 16.
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