February 25, 2024

SEPA warns industrial units defying environmental laws

The Sindh Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) performed private hearings of a number of industries of Nooriabad Industrial Zone and warned their owners and managements that their factories are going to be sealed if they fail to conform with environmental legal guidelines.

The industrialists have been summoned to appear before Director General Naeem Mughal at SEPA’s head workplace in Karachi to provide an explanation for why they’d didn’t gain previous permission from the business enterprise earlier than the development of their devices.

The proprietor of an enterprise advised The Express Tribune at the circumstance of anonymity that almost all the owners and managers of the factories who attended the hearings agreed to publish environmental examination reviews to SEPA.

“We informed the DG that we had obtained all of the approvals as directed through SITE and that we’re geared up to post surroundings effect assessment (EIA) reports as properly at the earliest,” he stated.However, a supply claimed that the DG seemed adamant that he would seal the factories. An legitimate of SEPA, who also requested not to be named, knowledgeable The Express Tribune that movement has been initiated by means of SEPA after the June 22 order of Sindh High Court (SHC).

The SHC had directed SEPA to collect water samples of all the business units at Nooriabad and put up the evaluation reviews inside the court docket. “Let EIA of all of those devices in Nooriabad be made,” the order reads.

However, the SHC’s order nowhere asks SEPA to take coercive motion like closure of factories that too when the owners have confident that they may submit the environment evaluation reports as required below the Sindh Environment Protection Act, 2014.

DG Mughal neither attended calls nor answered to queries submitted via a textual content message to tell why the factories assuring early compliance are allegedly being threatened with sealing.

The factories had been served notices ultimate month for private hearings beneath Section 21 (1) of the Act. “No proponent of a task shall start creation or operation unless it has filed with the provincial corporation an preliminary environmental exam or where the task is likely to reason an damaging surroundings impact, an EIA,” study the notices.

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