CM creates Climate Change Department for handling environment related issues
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
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