Minister Environment terms Thar Coal projects as
“Future of Sindh”
ISLAMKOT (Sunday, March 3, 2019) Terming the Thar Coal
mining and power projects as future of Sindh, the Sindh
Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Nawab Taimur
Talpur has said that the stringent regulation and monitoring
has been placed to protect the environment of Thar.
In the wake of increased industrial activities in the region
of Thar, the environment department has taken extra measures
to monitor the industrial activities and protect the
environment and preserve natural habitat, he said during the
visit of Thar Coal Block II mining, power projects, and
community development projects.
He was accompanied by Director General, Sindh Environment
Protection Agency (SEPA), Deputy Director SEPA, Imran Sabir.
The minister was briefed by Umair Aslam Butt, Manager
Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Mohsin Babbar,
Manager CSR and Resettlement.
The minister visited Thar Coal Block II’s 3.8mpta mining and
660MWs power project, Biosaline agriculture fields, Sindh
largest private sector nursery, New Senhri Dars Resettlement
Village and Gorano Reservoir area.
The minister environment was of the view that SECMC is an
environment friendly company, which is taking care of its
responsibilities in a professional manner.
He said that the new resettlement village constructed to
accommodate affectees of the coal mining project is a model
development initiative of the government of Sindh.
“The Thar Coal Block II public private partnership model of
Sindh government and Engro is future of Sindh,” he said.
The minister praised the initiatives taken by SECMC to
protect the environment and preserving the natural habitat
of Thar, especially the development of Gorano reservoir,
which has now become the habitat of migratory Siberian
Earlier, briefing the minister on measures taken by SECMC to
protect the environment, Umair Aslam Butt said, they are not
only following the national environment protection laws but
also implementing best international practices being
followed in the developed world.
He said, the company has planted 550,000 saplings of local
species like Neem, Babbur, Kandi, Moringa, Roheero along
with establishing Sindh’s largest private sector nursery of
Briefing the minister about community development
initiatives taken under Thar Foundation, Mohsin Babbar,
Manager CSR said, the project is implementing Pakistan’s
best inclusive development model by setting a target to make
Islamkot as first SDG-compliant Taulka of Pakistan.
He said, Thar Foundation has established 25 school units
with 2300 children receiving a quality education, adding
that 6 RO plants providing clean drinking water to 10,000
population of the area and 25000 patients were treated in
two healthcare facilities during the year 2018.
on 1/3/2019, DG Sepa Mr Naeem Mughal paid a surprise visit at Al
Parveen and Mehran paper mill at Kotri industrial area, Hyderabad
KATI. He gave directives for their proper disposal of waste water
and other adequate measures regarding compliance of environmental
SEP Act, 2014. Earlier during a meeting order was passed by him to
SITE regarding the full capacity functioning of combined effluent
treatment plant along with mointoring of solid and other waste
management by industrial units situated at SITE. It was also
decided that SITE limited will expedite the process of
implementation of PC 1. SITE is also directed to submit a list of
all those industrial units working without in-house waste water
treatment plant. DG Sepa has said that implementation of SEP Act
2014, will be made sure and no hinderance will be tolerated.
Karachi: Director General Environmental
Protection Agency Sindh Mr.Naeem Mughal called a
personal hearing of Sharif solvent extraction plant located at Eastern
zone, port Qasim. After going through briefing he gave the order of
shutting down of the above mentioned unit as they
were working in violation of Sindh
Environmental Protection Act, 2014. More precisely in violation of
section 14 and section 17 of SEP Act as it emerged after an inspection
from SEPA that the oil extraction unit had no proper liquid/solid
waste management mechanism, along
with having no environmental management plan
related to some emissions and discharge of waste water etc.
Director General Environmental Protection Agency Sindh Mr.Naeem Mughal
ordered of closing down the unit till the proper compliance with
environmental laws and emphasized that stern
action should be taken against all the violators.
Director General Environmental Protection Agency Sindh Mr.Naeem Mughal
hearing of different industrial units located at Khamiso goth,
adjacent to North Karachi
area. After going through briefing he gave an order of shutting down
of 3 industrial
units as they were working in violation of Sindh
Environmental Protection Act, 2014. For others
directives to the owners to submit Environmental Management Plans
within a months’
time. He also
gave directions to write a letter to the authorities concerned for the
of land use as it has appeared that residential and/ or commercial
land is being
used for the
He said that
stern legal action will be taken against all the violators and also
the discharge of untreated waste water into Layri River by all those
Sepa organises training session for smart
environmental management practices
The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency
(Sepa) organised a training session in collaboration with the
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan on “Environmental
Monitoring and Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs)”
on Wednesday and Thursday in Karachi and Hyderabad respectively.
According to the organisers, the main
objective of the training was to enhance the acumen of field
assistants, field supervisors and environmental inspectors of Sepa
regarding smart environmental management practices in order for
them to review their procedures and practices pertaining to
environmental monitoring and sampling methodologies.
Sessions were held in accordance with the
recently signed memorandum of understanding between Sepa and the
WWF as the MOU envisaged applying internationally adopted labour
environmental standards in the industrial sector of Sindh.
According to the MoU, WWF-Pakistan would
provide technical support to the Sindh government through
capacity-building, high-tech equipment provision for measuring
ambient air quality and helping it to run a mass awareness
campaign at the provincial level. These capacity-building sessions
were a stepping stone in this direction.
Komal Naeem, senior officer, WWF-Pakistan,
said that under the project, titled ‘International Labour and
Environmental Standards (ILES) – Application in Pakistan’s SMEs’,
WWF Pakistan intends to implement better environmental management
practices in the industries in order to improve the capacity of
the public sector to implement Multilateral Environmental
Agreements (MEAs) and national environmental laws and standards in
She elaborated that the project involves
building the capacity of the textile and leather sector to adopt
to Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs) in order to
efficiently use water and energy resources and reduce the use of
hazardous chemicals by 15 to 20 per cent. The environmental
inspectors act as the backbone of the department since they
perform sampling, testing and impact assessments for different
industrial units and projects. With the recent proceedings of the
Water Commission, trainings like these would help Sepa inspectors
to put forth their stance in a logically and scientifically
Arjmand Qayyum Amjad, coordinator ILES,
WWF-Pakistan shared a detail overview on Environment and Climate
Change in context of Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs)
signed and ratified by Pakistan. He said that the textile and
leather sectors represent the largest domain of the industrial
base and play a key role in the country’s economy. He shared that
these industries are resource intensive where large amounts of
water, energy and chemicals of different classes are used,
contributing to an overall increase in pollution levels in the
Printed in The News : 15th
Karachi ; Sindh Environmental Protection Agency
(SEPA) has organized a capacity building hands-on Training on Environmental
Monitoring and Smart Environmental Management Practices (SEMPs) etc. for its
field staff particularly for fields assistant, environmental inspectors and
field supervisors etc in collaboration with WWF Pakistan, at the beginning Ms.
Komal Naeem senior officer International labor and environmental standards
(ILES) has welcomed the participants and briefed them about the aim & purpose of
the capacity building workshop; from SEPA Mr. Imran Sabir Deputy Director has
said in the orientation that SEPA has handful of resources and to apprised their
field staff with the latest industry trends and for effective environmental
monitoring such kind of a trainings are of utmost importance.
Mr. Love Kumar from WWF has given a briefed
orientation on ILES & WWF Pakistan working, Arjumand Qayyum coordinator fresh
water program WWF
has given a detail overview on
Environment and Climate Change in context of Multilateral
Environmental Agreements (MEA’s)
signed by Pakistan or rectification has been
done by Pakistan.
He has said that environment is
everywhere and influences every one as every sphere of life is connected with
it, he further elaborated that Pakistan is not a major contributor in
environmental pollution but our country is one of a most vulnerable countries
being affected by environmental degradation.
Mr. Qazi from Archroma company has
briefed the participants about
equipment for environmental monitoring in detail, he also talked about water and
waste water testing parameters; he gave a detail overview on the environmental
impacts of power of hydrogen (hp) and talked about the
environmental impacts of turbidity etc. as well.Arjmand Qayyum also sensitizes the participants about an overview of
environmental sampling methodologies in Textile and Leather Sectors
and also given a detail overview related to Smart Environmental Management
Practices (SEMPs) for industries in a comprehensive manner.
کچرا جلانے والوں کے خلاف سیپا جرمانہ عائد کرے۔ نوابزادہ تیمور
تالپور کی ہدایت
کراچی( )کراچی میں جگہ جگہ کھلی فضاء
میں اور رہائشی علاقوں کے نزدیک کچرا جلانے کے بڑھتے ہوئے واقعات
اور فضائی آلودگی کا نوٹس لیتے ہوئے صوبائی
وزیر ماحولیات نوابزادہ تیمور تالپور نے آج ایک اہم اجلاس
سیکریٹری ماحولیات کے دفتر میں طلب کیا جس میں کراچی کے تمام
ڈسٹرکٹ میونسپل کارپوریشن،سندھ سولڈ مینجمنٹ بورڈ،ڈی ایچ
اے،کنٹونمنٹ بورڈ ملیر اور فیصل کے متعلقہ افسران نے شرکت
کی۔اجلاس میں وزیر ماحولیات نے متعلقہ ڈی ایم سی کو ہدایت دی کہ
رات کے اوقات میں ایسی تمام جگہوں پر جہاں کچراپھینکا اور جلایا
جاتا ہے فعال ٹیموں کے ذریعے نگرانی یقینی بنائی جائے۔اجلاس میں
فیصلہ کیا گیا کہ کچرے کے جلائے جانے کے حوالے سے تمام شہری
ادارے ایک فوکل پرسن کا تعین کریں گے جس کے ذریعے صورتحال کے
تدارک اور ضروری اقدامات کیلئے تمام متعلقہ اداروں کے درمیان
موثر رابطے کو یقینی بنایا جائے گا۔بلدیاتی اداروں کے متعلقہ
افسران نے اس ضمن میں پیش آنے والی مشکلات کے ازالے کیلئے پولیس
اور ضلعی انتظامیہ کی مدد اور تعاون کی. درخواست کی۔وزیر
ماحولیات نے اس ضمن میں یقین دہانی کروائی کہ وہ اس سلسلے میں
پولیس اور انتظامیہ کے سینئر افسران سے بات کریں گے۔ انہوں نے اس
موقع پر عوام سے بھی اپیل کی کہ وہ کچرا جلائے جانے کے واقعات کی
نشاندہی محکمہ ماحولیات کو کریں تاکہ اس ضمن میں بروقت اور ضروری
کارروائی کی جاسکے اور ذمہ داروں پر قانون کے مطابق سخت جرمانہ
عائد کیا جائے۔اجلاس میں اس بات پر غور و فکر کیا گیا کہ کس طرح
اس بڑھتی ہوئی آلودگی پر قابو پایا جائے اس موقع پر سیکریٹری
ماحولیات لئیق احمد نے بھی اس امر کی ضرورت پر زور دیتے ہوئے کہا
کہ یہ کراچی کے ہر شخص کی ذمہ داری ہے کہ وہ ماحولیاتی آلودگی پر
قابو پانے کے لئے ہر ممکن قدم اٹھائے اس کی ابتدا اپنے گھر،گلی
اور محلے سے کی جاسکتی ہے جہاں پر غلاظت کے ڈھیر اور کچرے جلائے
جانے کے واقعات پہلی فرصت میں متعلقہ اداروں کے علم میں لائیں
جائیں۔انہوں نے اس عزم کا اظہار کیا کہ محکمہ ماحولیاتجلد از جلد
ایک بہت موثر اور معلوماتی آگاہی مہم کا آغاز کرے گاجس میں عوام
الناس کو بڑھتی ہوئی فضائی آلودگی،اس کے نقصانات اور اس کے سد
باب کیلئے معلومات فراہم کی جائیں گی۔اجلاس میں کراچی میونسپل
کارپوریشن کے کسی بھی نمائندے کی غیر حاضری کا نوٹس لیتے ہوئے
وزیر ماحولیات نے سیکریٹری ماحولیات کو ہدایت کی کہ وہ اس بارے
میں میونسپل کمشنر کے ایم سی سے وضاحت طلب کریں
Karachi: Secretary, Environment Climate Change
and Costal Development,
Government of Sindh/DG SEPA Mr. Laeeq Ahmed said that there is a dire
need to sensitize people about the significance of environmental care.
Secretary, Environment Climate Change and Costal
Development, Government of SindhMr. Laeeq Ahmed/DG SEPA chaired an
orientation meeting at SEPA on Monday 19.11.2018; he was accompanied
by Additional Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal
Development and others.
Additional Director General EPA Sindh Mr. Naeem
Mughal welcomed him & briefed the Secretary Climate Change,
Environment, and Costal Development/DG SEPA and participants about the
history and role of SEPA, its mandate as an environmental watchdog,
SEPA act 2014 etc. He gave an overview of environmental problems
confronted by Sindh and said that the province of Sindh is facing
multifold hardships due to the environmental degradation. He briefed
on issues of solid waste management, air pollution, hospital waste,
contamination of surface and soil water etc.
At this occasion Secretary Climate Change,
Environment, and Costal Development/DG SEPA elaborated that
environment is a vast subject and it has direct implications on every
segment of life. In this regard Secretary Climate Change, Environment,
and Costal Development, Government of Sindh/DG SEPA Mr. Laeeq Ahmed
underscored the need of an appropriate industrial database too and
pointed out that there is a need of proper segment-wise availability
of all concerned data on industries and tanneries etc functioning in
Sindh for compliance of law.
Matters related to polluted water, environmental
legislation, environmental monitoring etc. were also discussed in the
meeting. Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal
Development, Government of Sindh emphasized the need for better
coordination between all the concerned line departments and vowed that
with proper team efforts all the constraints can be removed and
environmental compliance can be made sure. On Tuesday 20/11/18
Secretary Climate Change, Environment, and Costal Development,
Government of Sindh/DG SEPA inspected the laboratory section and
received briefing about its functioning.
Earth day 2018:
22nd April 2018: Sindh Environmental Protection Agency SEPA, in
collaboration with Sustainable Living Society of Institute of
Business Management IoBM, has hosted a workshop followed by
plantation drive today to commemorated Earth Day today.
Talking to the audience Mr. Tofiq Pasha Mooraj said that Earth Day
is synonymousto Earth birth day and it is an opportunity to
sensitize people regarding the care of the environment. He further
added we have one of the dirtiest urban centers and one needs to
be conscious about the kind of world he or she is leaving for the
generations to come, he underscored the need to be realize for the
importance of environmental care.
Mr. Ainul Abedin , one of a pioneers in green architecture talked
about green buildings and provision of having environmentally
sustainable building designs. According to him, 1.5 million people
are added to the cities every week worldwide and for foreseeable
future; energy efficient buildings are required particularly in
urban centers of Pakistan.
He talked about the Paris agreement and said that in order to
limit the average temperature below 2 degree centigrade, provision
of having environmental friendly infrastructure is of utmost
Citing the example of Finance trade center which was built way
back in 1983 in Karachi, he said that it is a good example of such
buildings; however, overall in Pakistan the landscape is quiet
bleak in this regard and a lot needs to be done. He underscored
elaborated that there is not a single building in Pakistan with
zero pc carbon emission.
Dr Nuzhat Khan from National Institute of Oceanography spoke about
the consequences of the menace created by plastic waste in context
of marine life. She said that dioxin, which is produced due to
burning of plastic has serious health implications and said
one has to be mindful about his or her role in this regard.
Dr Shahid Amjad, an environmental expert from IoBM spoke about
plastic waste and mentioned that synthetic man-made materials are
injurious to natural environment and he said that one needs to be
asked that how much plastic waste is generated by an individual on
a daily bases. He further added that a single man generates up to
0.1 ton of waste every
DG Nab Sindh Muhammad Altaf Bawani also spoke to the audience and
said that there is a dire need to make masses aware about the
environmental protection and this milestone can only be achieved
through collective efforts from an individual to all the
concerned authorities. He further said that today’s event is a
nice effort in this regard.
Additional Director General Waqar Hussain Phulpoto briefed the
participants about the measures taken by Sindh Environmental
Protection Agency to curb the plastic menace,he talked about the
recently promulgated notification by Sindh Environmental
Protection Agency for the stoppage of non biodegradable polythene
bags and said that SEPA has been
relentlessly pursuing stakeholders to adopt the technology for
manufacturing biodegradable plastic products and informed that
three companies have been issued licenses to sell their
oxo-biodegradable additive in this regard . He said that 20
kilograms of flexible plastic has been converted into
biodegradable plastic from 2015 onwards due to the efforts of
After the shield distribution a plantation drive has been held and
different guests have been paired with different educational
institutions and they planted a tree as a legacy in the campus of
IoBM. SEPA has paired with Foundation Public School and Beacon
House Defense Campus.
1ST MEETING OF SINDH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (SEP)
Karachi: today on dated 16-01- 2018, 1 st
meeting of Sindh Environmental Protection (SEP) Council has been held
under the Chairmanship of Honourable Minister for
Climate Change & Coastal Development Department, Government of
Sindh,Mr. Muhammad Ali Malkani for approval of Sindh Environment
Quality Standards (SEQS)and also for the framing the rules of
procedure for SEP Council.
The meeting was attended by Mr.
Baqaullah Unnar, Secretary Environment, ClimateChange & Coastal
Development Department/ Director General Sindh EPA, Syed Jamal
Mustafa, Secretary Irrigation Department, Mr. Abdul Raheem, Secretary
Industries, Dr.Muhammad Usman Chachar, Commissioner Sukkur Division
and other ex-officio members, the representative of FPCCI, Chamber of
Commerce and Industries Karachi, S.I.T.E Association, KATI
Association, NGOs, Academia and Technical Experts.
The members of
the council, after detailed deliberation approved of the SEQS notified
earlier, vide Gazette Notification No. EPA/TECH/739/2014 dated: 28 th
January, 2016. The chairman of the council has also formed a
sub-committee to review the SEQS and to propose necessary amendments
within a period of one month.
The sub-committee will be chaired by
the Secretary, Environment, Climate Change &Coastal Development
Department Mr. Baqaullah Unnar, and will comprise of following the 11
1. Mr. Gulzar Feroze, FPCCI.
2. Representatives of CCI,
3. Representatives of S.I.T.E Association Karachi.
Representatives of KATI.
5. Representatives of CCI, Hyderabad.
6. Mr. Ghulam Murtaza, Representatives of Pakistan Council of Research
in Water Resources.
7. Mr. Shahid Lutfi, Environmental Expert.
8. Prof. Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar, Mehran University of Engineering &
9. Prof. Dr. Shabbar Ali, Dean (Civil), NED
10. Mr. Waqar Hussain Phulpoto, Additional Director
11. Dr. Ashique Ali Langah, Director Regional Office
Mr. Muhammad Ali Malkani, Chairman of the Council
also directed SEPA to prepare
draft for “Rules of Procedure” of the
Council within 30 days for review of the council members.
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