At a time when the Metro Bus Project worth Rs44.21 billion is moving ahead on fast-track basis, all relevant departments and parliamentary committees which are supposed to keep strict vigil over adverse environmental impacts of the development projects are either no more functional or being run without their bosses.
Former Punjab Water Management director-general Mushtaq Gill has said India is disposing of industrial waste in Hadiara drain that eventually mixes with potable water along with BRB Canal and causes health hazards, including hepatitis.
He said Pakistan had never raised this issue with India, while the public is facing the consequences.
Gill was speaking at a seminar on ‘Water Resources, Energy and Food Security – Threat to World Peace’ organised by the Economics Department of the Government College, Township, on Tuesday.
Speakers at a consultation on Thursday proposed that the environmental protection agencies be statutory bodies out of government control and that environmental protection laws be applied equally to both public and private sector organisations.
The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday directed the director general National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to initiate a probe into cutting of hundreds of green trees for widening the Chashma Road Project at Dera Ismail Khan and book those found guilty.
The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday directed the traffic police and transport authorities of the city to take action against smoke-emitting vehicles.
The directive came from a division bench, headed by Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, at a hearing of a petition seeking action against smoke-emitting vehicles and violators of traffic rules. The petitioner, advocate Abid Hussain, told the bench that a large number of vehicles were plying on roads without any fitness certificate.
Educationists and environmental experts on Thursday, called for including the subject of Environmental Impact Assessment into curricula, to educate students and raise awareness regarding this important issue. Experts from all over the country gathered at the capital to evolve a strategy for working towards improving the EIA Curriculum for universities in the countries.
Sources said the KMC had not obtained a no-objection certificate from the KMTC for its flyovers which according to KMC administrator’s directives must have been obtained before initiating work on the flyovers.
Work on the flyovers is under way.
While KMTC chief Rasheed Mughal said it was an ‘in-house issue’ and would be sorted out within the KMC, he confirmed to Dawn that neither the NOC had been applied for nor the KMTC issued one. He also agreed that the Dakkhana flyover was being built at a location where one of the mass transit corridors had been planned.
The report has urged the federal government to review the environmental impact and resettlement plan for the Kurram Tangi Dam, which will also dislodge a number of schools and health facilities.
Furthermore, the cost of the dam, planned to be constructed across the Kurram River, about 19 miles north of Bannu city, has increased by almost Rs42 billion due to inactivity on the project in the last seven years as the budgeted amount was not released by the government.