Discharge of industrial waste water in Phuleli termed human health hazard; DG EPA Sindh takes notice

HYDERABAD: Director General Sindh Environmental Protection Agency Naeem Ahmed Mughal-held meeting with Sindh Industrial Trading Estate Association here last evening in connection with industrial waste affluent in Phuleli canal and has take notice of its hazards on human health. These industrial units include Paper Mills, Textile Mills, Pharmaceutical, Food Industries, Auto Motors and Cereal, Flour, Rice and Oil Mills. DG EPA said the release of untreated water waste from industries in Phuleli canal was causing significance pollution making water quality unfit for human consumption. It may be mentioned here that Old Phuleli Canal taking off from Kotri Barrage was a source of water for millions of people of Hyderabad, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal down towards Shah Bundder and Jati for drinking and domestic and agriculture use.

During the meeting, Director General EPA Sindh has stressed on the installation of the treatment plant in various factories. He emphasized on control of pollution in various Industrial Units having different trades that they should install wastewater treatment plant in their facility. In the case of non-compliance action shall be initiated against the violators under the provision of Sindh Environmental Protection Act-2014.

Further, during the meeting the DG SEPA highlighted the various environmental issues pertain to industrial activities and its mitigation measure for the control of environmental pollution and avoid the contamination of Phulleli Canal. Beside of this, the Naeem Ahmed Mughal, Director General of SEPA, advice to all Industrialists of Site Hyderabad that they should take effective emergent measures regarding the control of Environmental Pollution by the installation of anti-pollution equipment. Otherwise, the action will be initiated as per Law provision. During the meeting Director General, EPA Sindh, focused the generation of waste water from various industrial units and same ultimately falls into Phulleli Canal and showed the serious adverse impact on users of downstream.

On this occasion, the chairman site association Hyderabad and other members gave assurance that they should take concrete action for the compliance of SEP Act-2014. They also ensured the installation of the treatment plant in their factories as per mandatory requirements and strict compliance of act. He said to industrialists that they should make the Hyderabad SITE as a model / symbolic site regarding the control of environmental pollution arrangement of the waste water system in order to avoid the contamination of fresh water bodies (Phulleli Canal), So that inhabitant can be rescued from water pollution.

Muneer Ahemd Abbasi regional director EPA Sindh and other officers of EPA accompanied DG during his visit of industrial area.

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