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LHC orders steel mill demolition over pollution

By Malik Ashraf

April 19, 2024 08:43 PM


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In a decisive move to combat environmental pollution, the Lahore High Court has mandated the demolition of a steel mill previously sealed for its pollutive activities.

The mill, which had resumed operations by illegally breaking the seals, now faces strict legal action.

The court's ruling also led to the immediate replacement of the Director General Environment Lahore, with orders to initiate proceedings under the PEDA Act. Additionally, the appointment of a new Focal Person within the Department of Agriculture at the Chief Minister's Secretariat has been directed.

Presiding over the case, Justice Shahid Karim, along with Deputy Attorney General Asad Ali Bajwa and members of the Environmental Commission, underscored the urgency of enforcing environmental laws.

Reports presented by Commission member Hina Hafeezullah Ishaq revealed that several sealed factories were operational, implicating collusion with Environment Department officials.

The court's response was swift, calling for the replacement of the DG Environment and related officers, citing a lack of qualifications and immediate action.

The hearing also addressed broader environmental concerns, such as crop residue burning and the need for sustainable urban planning, including the integration of rain and used water into the underground reserves in housing schemes.

Justice Karim's remarks highlighted the need for government action on environmental changes, suggesting subsidies for eco-friendly initiatives like the Miyawaki forests, and the creation of tree islands within Lahore to mitigate the adverse effects of untimely rains on agriculture.


Malik Ashraf

Malik Muhammad Ashraf Khokhar is a senior court reporter with City News Network. He has been associated with the group since 2011 and primarily covers news related to the Supreme Court, and the judicial and administrative affairs of the Lahore High Court.


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