Black face of coal business
The Karachi Port Trust (KPT) Kemari coal terminal operating in violation of environment law, poses serious threat to public health. Enveloped in dark dust, the entire places and nearby places all are black, blackened streets, shops, mosques, historical building and other infrastructure is an evidence how the pollutant had ruined the port area and nearby areas. It’s not just Kemari residents who are being affected. People living in the adjacent island also inhale polluted air and fall sick when the wind starts blowing in their towns. Nobody likes to breathe in polluted air. The transport of coal is seriously affecting life and livelihood of people living in the vicinity. Trucks and dumpers are filled with coal. They don’t even cover the coal and the coal is spilled out while they transport it from one place to another.
A number of diseases originate from the coal. The number of people suffering from respiratory disease in the locality had increased dramatically over the past 10 to 12 years when the coal terminal had started its operation. The coal dust added a range of health problems including respiratory illness, cardiovascular diseases and lung cancer. Fine coal particles penetrate deeply into the lungs. Over time these particles accumulate and do more damage. —Karachi