Measures taken to protect people from harmful sanitary environment: Basharat

Approves the appointment of focal points to initiate joint smog control activities

Punjab Provincial Environment Protection Minister Muhammad Basharat Raja said that all possible measures are being taken by the Punjab government to protect people from harmful sanitary environment.

He approved the appointment of focal persons to initiate joint anti-smog activities of the Punjab Department of Environmental Protection and the industrial community. A delegation from the Steel Re-Rolling Mills Association led by former Punjab assembly member Ch. Waseem Qadir calls the minister to his room in the provincial assembly.

The delegation also included President Ravi Industrial Owners Association Inamul Haque Butt, Vice President of Small Steel Rerolling Association Abid Saeed, Secretary General of All Pakistan Steel Rerolling Association Muhammad Kamran and other officers. During a meeting with the delegation, the Minister of the Provincial Environmental Protection Department (EPD), Mohammad Basharat Raja, said that the cooperation of the industrial community is imperative for the protection of the environment.

“The purpose of the actions of the Ministry of the Environment is not to challenge factories but to ensure environmental protection,” he said. He said that the EPD and district administration teams were fully active for the reduction of pollution, however he clarified that the raids of the teams are for the prevention of possible smog, their purpose was not not interfere with industrial activities.

The delegation told the provincial minister that the furnaces emit more smoke when they start, but later this amount decreases, so the inspection during the morning does not reflect the real position.

Accepting the request, Raja Basharat ordered EPD teams to inspect the steelworks after 11 a.m. He said that all possible measures are being taken by the Punjab government to protect the people from harmful sanitary environment. “Small industry in North Lahore should switch to modern technology to reduce pollution.

In this regard, Punjab Small Industries Corporation will also be discussed for cooperation,” Mr. Raja concluded. Accepting the request, Raja Basharat ordered EPD teams to inspect the steelworks after 11 a.m. He said that all possible measures are being taken by the Punjab government to protect the people from harmful sanitary environment.