Pak-EPAPakistan Environmental Protection Agency
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Asif Shuja Khan, Director General, Pak-EPA, Irfan Tariq, Director General, Ministry of Climate Change, Hamid Marwat, Chief Environment Section, Planning Commission of Pakistan, Hidayat Hassan from Hagler Baillys Pakistan were amongst the panellists.
Pak-EPA presented a plan to Federal Minister for Environment to improve the air quality in Islamabad.
The Pak-EPA has also withdrawn relaxation given in May 2009 in its Environmental Protection Order (EPO) earlier issued to Capital Development Authority (CDA) in 2009 whereby limited operation of motorized boats or water scooters was allowed, an EPA official told.
Meanwhile, the experts from UNICEF, PCRWR and Pak-EPA informed the participants about dire consequences of shrinking water resource, lowering ground water level and rampant diseases due to poor drinking water quality.
Asad-ullah-Faiz, Director Pak-EPA praised the project for its efforts in promoting EIA in Gilgit-Baltistan.
These days periodical rain becomes imperative to cleanse the city of pollution as its volume had risen, said Director General Pak-EPA Asif Shuja Khan.
I had talked to them and they had assured full cooperation, said Director General Pak-EPA Asif Shuja Khan.
Vehicular Emission Testing System (VETS) is in place as a regular activity of PAK-EPA in collaboration with Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) as around 40,000 vehicles are checked in ICT area so far.
The objective of the second day workshop is to share with the key stakeholders ,the findings of the study Institutional analysis of Air quality management in Urban Pakistan commissioned by the Pak-EPA in collaboration with the WB , and to obtain their views and comments on the draft study report, they added.
He said by formulating new laws, the CDA would not undermine the role of the concerned ministry rather the civic body would also inform the ministry regarding the violation that may also proceed against it, adding that the new laws have also been formulated in consultation with the Pak-EPA.