PESHAWAR: Industrial Units in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have turned blind eye to the order of Supreme Court and only a single industrial unit has fulfilled the criteria set by the court in its judgment, in order to keep the environment clean.
A recent report released by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said that only one industrial Unit –Qarshi Industries – has developed the Environmental Management Plan (EMP) which is approved while four other units has also submitted their EMP which are under the process.
Th Supreme Court has set six parameters including Flow Meter, Environmental Management Plan, Waste Water Test, Installation of Waste Water Treatment Plant, Cameras and Tree Plantation Drive to be carried out by each industrial unit of the country.
The EPA report revealed that not even a single industrial unit has fulfilled the criteria devised by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. A total of 30 large Units in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were under observation for implementation of supreme court orders, only 4 industrial units – one in Peshawar, three in Dera Ismail Khan – has installed Flow meters, One unit has approved EMP while not a single unit has Waste Water Test, Waste Water Treatment Plant and cameras while Tree Plantation Drive is yet to be started by the owners of the Industrial units.
The EPA has issued notices to 25 Industrial units across the province including 10 in Peshawar, seven in DI Khan, four in Mardan and four in Gadoon Amazai, Swabi. Water And sanitation services company DI Khan has sealed three Industrial plants because of using ground water and not having waste water treatment plant.
Supreme Court in 2018 in a suo moto has set the parameters for industries across the country inorder to ensure clean environment. The purpose of the suo moto notice was also to make the efficient use of ground water, charge industries for using the ground water and also preserve the natural beauty and bio-diversity.
In a meeting, chaired by Secretary Forests and Environment, It was decided that the committee will prepare various module with appropriate cost and operational procedure which will be shared with the concern industries and member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industries. The Director-General EPA and Project Director, Billion Tree Tsunami Project also participated in the meeting. In that meeting, it was decided that each industrial unit has to plant 10 thousand trees in order to keep the environment clean.