He also directed to arrest the owner of the building on ignoring safety precautions. The DCO once again appealed the owners of such kind of buildings for adopting safety measures through intensified checking of electric wiring and short circuiting. He also directed relevant government departments to conduct survey and identify such dangerous buildings to avoid any horrible incident in future. However, he expressed deep sorrow over the death of precious lives as result of incident and prayed eternal peace for their souls.
Separately, on receiving complaints on CDGL Helpline 080002345, the District Coordination Officer Noor-ul-Amin Mengal ordered to seal Sunny Flour Mills with registering an FIR. According to details a citizen called on helpline and told that substandard flour provided by Sunny Flour Mills was being sold in Ramadan Bazaars. Another caller complained that a butcher Adil was selling substandard meat in Model Town Ramadan Bazaar. The DCO warned all concerned officers & shopkeepers of grave consequences if someone hindered the efforts made by CDGL to provide relief to the layman during Ramadan-ul-Mubarik.
The River Ravi Commission on Monday constituted a sub committee comprising of six members including WASA, district government and EPD officials to shape up the commission’s decision into a practical shape. The sub committee has been assigned a task to find out a location for the installation of small treatment plant after which the commissioner would decide further steps.
This was decided in third meeting held under the chairmanship of Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik at the Punjab Environment Protection Department to discuss the rationale for demonstration of sewage treatment utilizing natural wetlands and to finalize the agreement about the location for trail treatment plant facility.
River Ravi Commission Chairman Dr Kausar Abdullah Malik briefed the participants about the objectives of the commission especially constituted by the high court. He said the commission had been formed to protect the Ravi from further degradation to revert the environmental conditions of the river to its original state.
The objective of the Ravi Commission is to restore the natural ecology of the river which is the most polluted river in Pakistan and contributes to nearly 50 percent of the overall discharge of effluent into the River Indus. Because of the pollution, nearly 40 species of fish have been lost and the river is now no longer even suitable for recreational purposes. The commission is to submit its preliminary report to the Lahore High Court within two months.
Engineer Muhammad Aslam, expert National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), has informed the meeting regarding the construction of one cusec wastewater treatment wetlands at a site which would later be selected by the EPD and WASA.
The legal members present in the meeting emphasized the need to work on physical as well as legal aspects for the protection of the river. They were of the view that the task needed to be completed effectively.
Addressing the participants, Secretary Environment Saeed Wahlah said that now it is the time to do some practical work. He said that there are more than nine pumping stations in the city from where wastewater is being pumped into river ravi and WASA should install atleast one small treatment plants at these pumping stations. He said that now all the departments and stakeholder have to join hands together so that the basic objectives of this commission could be achieved. Saeed Wahlah said that we have to consult almost every practical option and in the first step industries will be asked to install their individual treatment plants and septic tanks.
He emphasized on the need to find out a cheaper solution in a very short time for the treatment of wastewater of Lahore city. Further investigative studies on various components of the river were suggested which included number of industrial units installed.
Besides the Secretary Environment Punjab Saeed Iqbal Wahlah, Director-General Maqsood Ahmed Lakh, Mina Muhammad Abdullah, MD WASA, Director WWT Shakeel Ahmed Kashmiri, Punjab Advocate General Ashtar Ausaf Ali, Ali Habib, DG WWF Pakistan, Ali Husnain Syed, Managing Director WWF, Vaqar Zakaria, Director EIA Naseem ur Rehman Shah, Anjum Altaf, Kamil Khan Mumtaz, Syed Muhammad Umair, Chairman Environmental Committee LCCI, and senior EPD officials also attended the meeting.