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Dated: 22-January-2014

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani took notice on press clipping of “Daily Dawn” dated 01-01-2014, with regard to dumping the solid waste of city by CDA in the foot-hills of Margala. Taking the cognizance, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan ordered that the Chairman CDA be directed to hold meetings with DG, Environment Protection Agency and to submit a detailed report as to;

i.  A proper long term composite solid waste management plan with an emphasize on recycling, to the extent possible;

ii. Steps required to reverse the damage caused to subject site.

Complying with the above directions, Director General (C.M.), Capital Development Authority (CDA) submitted report that the Chairman CDA and other concerned officers of CDA held meetings with DG Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (PEPA) on rehabilitation of the contaminated site of sector D-12 and discussed the waste management system. The joint inspection of contaminated site was conducted and following short and long term actions were agreed:-

1.  Short term actions to reverse the damage of site at D-12

i.  Since the natural biodegradation process of waste has already taken place, the site will be leveled and decontaminated with spray.

ii.  A thick layer of fertile soil will be laid out and tree plantation will be carried out during the coming spring season.

iii. Warning sign board of “No Visit Area” will be displayed till such time the area is declared contamination free.

iv.  Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency will periodically monitor air quality and test soil quality till such time it gets satisfied that the area is no more contaminated.

2.   Long term action for proper “Sold Waste Management

i.   Recycling industry will be encouraged to utilize recoverable materials such as metal, glass, plastics, woo etc.

ii.  The planning wing has started selection of site suitable for development of landfill site in consultation with Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency.

iii. Ministry of Climate Change has been engaged for technical advice and for arranging Environmental specialists for future long term planning.

iv. The organizations working in the field of Environment Protection are being approached for preparing a plan for possible area of garbage and for preparing a plan for possible area of garbage and for the recycling as well.

After going through the above report the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan ordered that:-

“The Chairman CDA is directed to submit follow-up reports in this regard on quarterly basis, till the plan is materialized and executed.”
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