KARACHI: Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has issued notices to different civic agencies, functional in Karachi, for disposing of waste directly into the sea.
Separate notices have been issued to Cantonment Board Clifton, South District Municipal Corporation, Sindh Solid Waste Management Board and Karachi Water and Sewerage Board for contributing to sea pollution. The pollution is directly impacting marine life as well as inhabitants of the coastal villages.
The step was taken on the directives of Advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister on Law, Environment, Climate Change and Coastal Development, Murtaza Wahab, who had highlighted that the agencies were found to be violators of environment protection laws of the province.
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SEPA stressed the need to protect the coast as well as the ocean and urged the authorities associated with the four mentioned civic agencies to rectify their practices and use the available options for disposal of waste arranged by the government.
As per Sindh Environment Protection Regulations 2014, SEPA is responsible for compliance of safe disposal of waste and can also take legal action against entities, both private and public, who are failing to do so.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 18th, 2019.
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