Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly’s chairman of the Standing Committee on Environment, Fazal Ilahi has directed gas and oil companies operating in Kohat, Karak, Hangu, Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail Khan to protect the environment from pollution in these districts.

They were directed to ensure the execution of the rules and regulations otherwise strict legal action will be taken. He also warned the Hayatabad Industrial Estate, in Peshawar, to stop pollution and dispose off waste material in proper manner.

“The should take urgent steps in this regard to protect local population from environmental pollution,” said Ilahi.

He said this while presiding over a meeting of the Standing Committee on Environment in the Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Wednesday. MPA Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel, MPA Ehsanam Javed, MPA Sobia Shahid, MPA Shahida Haneef, MPA Shagfta Malik, Secretary and Director General Department of Environment and other officers from across the province were also present on the occasion.

Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel told the meeting that due to the negligence of oil and gas companies in their area, diseases were spreading quickly and in addition dozens of animals were killed.

He called on the government to compensate the environmental pollution losses in the proposed areas and take measures to protect the people of the area from pollution. The chairman of the committee told MPA Mian Nisar Gul that he, along with other members of the committee, would visit these areas to assess the environmental conditions there and to ensure that the relevant companies were implemented in their positions.

Marble factories sealed

District administration in joint operation with Environment Department of Peshawar sealed Marble Factories on Ring Road and arrested its Managers and owners for violating the environmental laws.

It was observed that due to the absence of filtration plants in Marble factories, marble powder is being disposed off in the joining canals through drains. It often closed drains creating sanitation problems in the city. Deputy Commissioner Peshawar Muhammad Ali Asghar has directed action against marble factories.

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