ISLAMABAD: The Standing Committee on Climate Change, chaired by MNA Nuzhat Pathan, expressed concern over illegal housing societies causing damage to the environment of the federal capital.
The committee called for the Ministry of Climate Change to adopt clearer criteria for approving such societies to protect the environment.
Furthermore, the committee also commended the efforts of CDA Chairman Noorul Amin Mengal for taking measures to tackle this issue and recommended installing water consumption meters to save precious resources.
The committee directed the Ministry of Climate Change to remove mulberry trees causing respiratory ailments and pollen allergies, and bring new regulations to ban not only plastic bags but also disposable plastic.
Besides, the committee expressed its displeasure with the Inspector General Police (IGP) Islamabad for not attending the meeting in person and requested that he attend and brief members on the attack on the Director General of Pakistan Environment Protection Agency (Pak-EPA) by the staff of Savour Foods in 2019.
The DG EPA and her team were enforcing the ban on single-use plastic bags when they discovered that Savour Foods was violating the ban, which has been declared hazardous to both human health and the environment.