Environment protection department registers cases against 35 law violators)

SIALKOT: The environment protection department Sialkot on Wednesday got registered separate cases against 35 owners of the local tanneries for dumping their factories effluent, solid waste and chemicalized water into the seasonal Naullah Bhed and creating environmental pollution in Sialkot city by violating the official ban imposed by the district administration under section 144 PPC.

These cases were registered under section 188 of the PPC. District Officer Environment Waseem Ehsan stated that the said tanneries were also sealed. He said now these tanneries would be allowed conditionally to ensure some effective practical measures to overcome the menace of environmental pollution, stopping dumping effluent, solid waste and releasing the chemicalized water in Naullah Bhed.

He said that a deadline of two months has been given to the said tanneries to adopt the environmental pollution-free steps, as the said accused owners of the tanneries have also given the undertaking to the district administration to make hectic efforts to control the environmental pollution on top priority, in this regard.

He said that the cases have not yet been withdrawn against these 35 accused tanners, as the district administration has given a two-month long deadline to ensure pollution free measures.

He said these accused owners of the 35 tanneries were dumping the effluent, solid waste and chemicalized waters in Naullah Bhed at various places in Sialkot city.

He said 15 other industrial units have also been sealed for dumping their effluent, solid waste and releasing chemicalized water in Sialkot city’s second Naullah Aik at various places in Sialkot city.

He added that the Environment Protection Department has also got registered separate cases against nine local private hospitals and clinics under sections 268, 269, 270 and 278 PPC for creating environmental pollution by dumping their effluent, hospitals’ waste in Naullahs Bhed and Aik and other public places.

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