KARACHI: While expressing displeasure over the provincial authorities for their failure to install sewerage treatment plants in the city’s industrial areas the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday constituted a committee under supervision of Sindh chief secretary to look into the issues about installation of plants and ensure implementation of its order within two months
A division bench, comprising Justice Amir Hani Muslim and Maqbool Baqar, had taken up different human rights applications seeking court directives for the authorities to control marine pollution and stop disposal of industrial effluent into the sea.
The applicants had claimed that marine pollution in coastal areas had increased at an alarming rate because of the discharge of untreated, hazardous industrial waste and pesticides into the sea.
During hearing, Sindh chief secretary, Sajjad Saleem Hotiana informed the court that issue of provision of land for the installation of the treatment plants in Korangi and Site area had been resolved. The lands were proposed for the plants in two industrial zones. The judges were displeased at his reply and observed after lapse of considerable time the government had only proposed the land.
Site Association’s counsel Abdul Hafiz Perzada said industrialists were willing to bear about 30 to 40 percent expenses on installments of the treatment plants. The bench constituted a committee under supervision of Sindh chief secretary to ensure compliance of the court order regarding installation of the treatment within two months.
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