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PHC directs to monitor situation of marble factories waste

Written by The Frontier Post

Humayun Khan

PESHAWAR: The divisional bench comprising of Chief Justice Peshawar High Court Justice Qaiser and Justice Ijaz Anwar directed Assistant Commissioner Jamrud and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to visit Malagori Marble Factories to monitor the situation, on Thursday.

The direction was granted hearing of case filed by Ibrar-u-Din seeking to stopped marble factories from expelling wastage to clean water which not only impacted health but also hazardous for the environment.

Additional Advocate General Syed Sikandar Hayat Shah, Assistant Commissioner Jamrud and Director General (EPA) appeared before the court.

During hearing Chief Justice remarked that we are wanting that business activities continues in tribal areas but it is necessary that clean drinking water is also available for the people and protection of environment is also mandatory. He added that impurities are flowing like poison in the human body.

The petition further stating that the marble factories in Malagori are discharging industrial impurities to clean water, which not impacting human and livestock while environment is also on stake.

AC Jamrud informed that some factories had started construction of safety tanks on which Chief Justice remarked that appreciate the owners who are taking steps for protection of environment.

DG EPA informed that consultation had been made for several times with for the issues but to no veil however EPA continues monitoring of the site.

The two-member bench directed to appreciate the owner who are prioritizing the environment while take action against factories how are polluting the water resources and adjourned further hearing.

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