SHC moved against Keenjhar Lake contamination

KARACHI: A petition against discharge of contaminated industrial waste and effluent in Keenjhar Lake, which was one of the major water resources for Karachi and Thatta, was filed on Tuesday in Sindh High Court.

The petition was filed by Haleem Adil Shaikh, Pakistan Muslim League (Q) president and former advisor to Chief Minister Sindh, impleading secretaries of irrigation, industries; forest, environment and wildlife; fisheries; health departments; managing director of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board; Hyderabad commissioner, and director general of Environmental Protection Agency Sindh as respondents.

The petitioner said that the Keenjhar lake, which is situated at distance of about 122 km East from Karachi, was a main source of providing water to the entire population of Karachi. He said that on September 05, 2013, he visited the areas including Kotri, Baghar (KB) Feeder at Kotri, Choal, Nooriabad and Keenjhar, from where untreated industrial waste was being discharged into the lake, making water more poisonous.

He submitted that the life of people was in danger as contaminated water and effluent from Kotri and Nooriabad industries were discharged in the lake.

The petitioner said that around 35,000 to 40,000 people of nearby villages wash their clothes and utensils near the lake, which was also leading to contamination of water.

He said that due to dumping of industrial waste into the lake, water colour had changed to blue and green, which emitting unpleasant smell.

He said that besides causing danger to human population, the contaminated water was also affecting biodiversity in the lake, which would directly affect the livelihood of fishermen.

He pleaded the court to direct the respondents to stop the discharge of contaminated water into the lake and direct managing director KWSB to set up a water quality testing laboratories at Keenjhar Lake to regularly check the water quality.

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