Court asks provinces to submit afresh reports on pollution

Islamabad: The Supreme Court has expressed dissatisfaction over reports filed by Islamabad and provinces on environment pollution and ordered them for filing progress reports again.

Heading a three-member bench on Friday, Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali remarked “no treatment plant was installed in Sindh with reference to water. Any mention in this regard has not been made in the Sindh government report.

The Sindh government should not try to take credit without any progress on the matter. This job has been done by private companies on their own. The plants set up in 1992 are only in papers and not a single one is functioning”.

Justice Khilji Arif remarked “the Sindh government report on eradication of pollution is tantamount to throwing dust in the eyes.  Islamabad is now ‘racing’ with Karachi in terms of pollution.

Citizens of Islamabad will have to shift somewhere else due to pollution.  Sindh government has also taken no steps for eradication of pollution”.

The Balochistan government presented a report that said that a slaughter houses and crushing plants have been shifted from urban areas.

According to the report, around 21cruhsing plants have so far been shifted. “Five cities including Quetta were being reviewed in the perspective of pollution. Improvement will be brought about. CNG rickshaws are being run in place of 4-stroke engine rickshaws,” the report sadi.

The Sindh government told the court that 65 treatment plants have been set up across the province.

Upon this, the chief justice remarked “you did not install such plants as no mention of such plants has been mentioned in your report. If private companies have installed these plants then you cannot take credit”.

Regarding Islamabad, the court was told that several important steps including tree plantation have been taken to make the city environment-friendly. “The city will be made pollution free,” said a report.

The court remarked it was not satisfied with provinces reports, therefore, progress reports should be filed again.

The court adjourned the hearing indefinitely.