Expressway expansion: Saplings to be planted

CDA spokesperson Ramzan Sajid said the authority will follow the Environment Protection Agency’s guidelines by planting four times more trees than are removed in various areas of the capital.

He said the civic agency will attempt to mitigate damage to the environment during the project by planting four saplings against each tree that is cut down in the greenbelts, as well as on both sides of the highway.

He also said an environmental impact assessment is in progress under the guidance of a leading environmental agency. Work on widening the Islamabad Expressway began on July 1.

Islamabad Expressway: Environmental compliance directed

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan has directed Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) to ensure environmental compliance of the Islamabad Expressway expansion project launched recently by the Capital Development Authority (CDA). The minister said this while taking serious notice of the alleged violation of the Section 12 of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act-1997 (PEPA-1997) by the civic agency in respect of the Islamabad Expressway expansion project.

Islamabad Expressway project: Environmental laws be complied with: Mushahid

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure environmental compliance of the Islamabad Expressway expansion project launched recently by the Capital Development Authority (CDA).

He said this while taking serious notice of the alleged violation of Section 12 of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act-1997 (PEPA-1997) by the civic agency with regard to the project.

Expressway expansion: ‘CDA told to abide by environmental laws’

The statement comes days after the prime minister inaugurated work on expansion of the Islamabad Expressway, a project the Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has objected to since hundreds of trees are set to be chopped during the project.

“CDA should comply with the environmental laws before initiating new development projects,” Climate Change Minister Mushahidullah Khan said while talking to The Express Tribune.

Weak enforcement: Pak-EPA’s lacklustre performance contributing to environmental damage

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) has failed to mitigate or reverse environmental damage caused by a host of recently-launched and completed development projects in Islamabad.

Staff tussles, conflicts of interest, and weak implementation of environmental laws have further dented overall performance.

The agency has failed to check the negative impacts Capital Development Authority (CDA) projects and private housing societies.

In Bhara Kahu: Illegal flour mill being built in residential area

A Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) monitoring team visited the area on April 28 and reported that illegal construction of mills was underway.

Now as construction work on the flour mill enters its final stages, with machinery and equipment being installed, the Pak-EPA is pondering whether the contractor should be issued an Environmental Protection Order (EPO) and the building razed, or if it should demand an environmental impact assessment (EIA) report.

Suggestions sought before public hearing on metro train EIA

LAHORE: Public hearing on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the $1.65 billion Lahore Orange Line Metro Train Project will be held on June 30 at Alhamra Cultural Complex, Qadhafi Stadium.

According to officials, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), which had been entrusted with the task of completing this project, had completed the EIA report and sent it to the environment department. Under the law, such reports were liable to be placed before the public for discussion and removing complaints through holding public hearings.

Sepa approval of KPT’s coal handling operation fails to address public concerns

KARACHI: The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency’s (Sepa) recent approval of two separate Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) reports on the coal terminal being operated by the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) fails to take into account serious concerns over the damage it has already caused to public health and environment, it emerged on Sunday.

Though environmental laws call for an EIA to be carried out at the planning stage of a project, the EIAs in this case have been conducted after 12 years of coal handling operation at the port and that too on court orders.

Wilpattu burns

With the issue of unauthorized settlements in the region surrounding Wilpattu National Park now reaching boiling-point, Secretary to the President, P.B. Abeykoon has directed the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment to conduct an immediate investigation, The Nation learns.

Rs165bn Lahore metro train project approved

ISLAMABAD: The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) on Tuesday cleared the Lahore Orange Line Metro Train project costing Rs165.20 billion, and referred it to Ecnec for final approval.

The project envisages construction of 27.1km long dedicated signal-free corridor for train mass transit system in Lahore.

Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal, who chaired the CDWP meeting, asked the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) which will execute the

project to ensure completion of the mega project in 27 months.