Pak-EPA directed to show no leniency for environmental law violators

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Islamabad Signal Free Expressway project work has been started by Capital Development Authority (CDA) without fulfilling requisite procedural requirements and submission of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report to Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (Pak-EPA). The civic agency is believed to have violated Section 12 of the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act-1997 (PEPA-1997).

Senator Mushahidullah Khan, Federal Minister for Climate Change has showed serious concerns and reservations over the alleged infringement by CDA and has directed Pak-EPA to strictly ensure the compliance of environmental law and take stern action against the violators. The Minister also urged all the departments to obey the environmental protocols because Pakistan cannot afford slack approach towards environment as it is in the list of top 10 most vulnerable countries exposed to the risk of climate change phenomenon and its impacts are already showing as a result of unexpected flooding, drought etc.

“No project can be termed as sustainable if trees and environmental degradation is likely to happen due to it. All public/private organizations are legally bound to obtain EIA report and get mandatory approvals from Pak-EPA before starting any project”, he added.

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