The Sindh Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has issued notices to all town administrations that if they do not stop burning piles of garbage, it will file a case to the environment tribunal.
A copy of this letter has been sent to the city administrator as well. In the letter, Sepa director-general Naeem Mughal said that the towns must stop dumping garbage in open spaces and then burning it, since both these acts violate the Environment Protection Act 1997 Section 11.
Fumes from burning trash cause cancer, birth defects, tuberculosis, allergies and skin problems, he said.
It may be noted that the city government has allocated a landfill site at Deh Jam Chakro for the disposal of solid waste.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 27th, 2011.