Govt rejects plea for installing combine effluent treatment plants

KARACHI: Secretary Environment and Alternative Energy Department, Government of Sindh, Dr Zulfiqar Ali Shallwani, has regretted the plea of industrial and business leaders of Korangi Industrial Area which they made in a meeting for the grant of funds to install combine effluent treatment plant CETP in Korangi and Landhi industrial areas.

Secretary Environment in referred meeting with them at the office of Korangi Association of Trade and Industry KATI at Brooks Chowrangi on Monday said that industries should use their function of corporate social responsibility to put up waste water treatment facility collectively for the control of industrial pollution.

He said government had already meagre funds which it has to use to combat other issues of urgent nature like law & order and energy crisis and their solution would eventually ensure a level playing field for industries and businesses to stabilize and grow further.

He said that the key role of Environmental Protection Agency, Government of Sindh, is to enforce Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997 while industries and other concerned stakeholders have to fully abide by this law without any excuse. However, he said, government would provide every necessary assistance in shape of guidance and technical consultancy if
industries come up with the idea to put up treatment facility in their areas.

He further said that this is an age of public-private partnership so industries should explore options to install treatment plant following this approach.

Director General EPA Sindh Naeem Ahmed Mughal said on this occasion that for treatment of wastewater obviously treatment plant is required but to dispose of industrial solid waste just would be required and with the help of local civic agency such waste could be disposed of in an environment friendly manager.

He said the eight industrial garbage collection units newly developed by KATI shall be made functional after taking on board concerned civic agency of the area.

He further said that the basic mandate of EPA Sindh is to enforce and implement environmental laws throughout the province without any discrimination. For this purpose, robust monitoring of industries shall be continuing without any break. He requested industries to extend full cooperation to monitoring teams of EPA Sindh for collection of industrial wastewater samples from their manufacturing units.

On this occasion, chairman KATI Zubair Ahmed Chhaya, ex-Chairman Mian Zahid Hussain, Gulzar Feroz and environmentalist Dr Samiuzzaman also spoke.