CM cre­ates Cli­mate Change Depart­ment for han­dling environment re­lated is­sues

Pakistan Observer - - KARACHI CITY -

KARACHI— Sindh Chief Min­is­ter Syed Qaim Ali Shah has de­cided to cre­ate “Cli­mate Change, Environment and Coastal De­vel­op­ment Depart­ment” so that all the func­tions re­lated to environment and cli­mate change could be han­dled by a sin­gle depart­ment.

The chief min­is­ter, pre­sid­ing over a meet­ing on cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues at the Chief Min­is­ter House on Thurs­day, di­rected all the line de­part­ments to co­op­er­ate with the Environment Pro­tec­tion Agency ( EPA) and the newly cre­ated depart­ment for clean and healthy environment, ac­cord­ing to a handout is­sued here.

Qaim Ali Shah said that to­day the province of Sindh, par­tic­u­larly ma­jor in­dus­trial cities, are fac­ing se­ri­ous en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues be­cause in­dus­tri- al­ists have not adopted en­vi­ron­men­tal safety mea­sures.

“We have to be re­spon­si­ble not only for our­selves but for our chil­dren and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he added.

The chief min­is­ter di­rected the EPA to work out a com­pre­hen­sive plan to con­trol smoke emit­ting ve­hi­cles, dis­posal of in­dus­trial waste into Lyari and Malir rivers and its on­ward re­lease into sea. He also called for stop­ping the re­lease of do­mes­tic and in­dus­trial waste into Phuleli Canal.

EPA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Naeem Mughal briefed the meet­ing about the mea­sures taken to im­prove en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tion.

He said en­vi­ron­men­tal tri­bunal has started func­tion­ing.

The chief min­is­ter, tak­ing no­tice of the re­ports of il­le­gal cut­ting of trees in the city, di­rected that no tree would be cut with­out solid rea­sons and per­mis­sion of con­cerned au­thor­ity. It was de­cided that tree plan­ta­tion would be started. The meet­ing de­cided that Malaysian co­op­er­a­tion would be sought to plant palm trees along the coastal belt. Sindh Min­is­ter for Environment Dr Sikan­dar Mendhro said that he was help­less be­cause drainage sys­tem be­longs to lo­cal gov­ern­ment, in­dus­tries are gov­erned by In­dus­tries depart­ment and land in coastal area is owned by for­est depart­ment.

He said, “Only I am re­spon­si­ble for treat­ing ef­flu­ent for which in­dus­tri­al­ists are un- co­op­er­a­tive and there is lack of co­or­di­na­tion among dif­fer­ent de­part­ments and agen­cies.

The chief min­is­ter, ex­press­ing dis­plea­sure, said that there should be close co­or­di­na­tion among the con­cerned de­part­ments.— NNI

Gov­er­nor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan in­au­gu­rat­ing the Okhi Me­mon Ja­mat Por­trait Ex­hi­bi­tion 2016 at Gov­er­nor House.

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